Kipling-Courtauld Letters

Scope and Content

Photographic reproductions of 29 letters from Rudyard Kipling to S. A. Courtauld.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Augustine Courtauld (1865-1953) was the eldest surviving son of George Courtauld and was for many years a director of Courtaulds Ltd (formerly Samuel Courtauld & Co). He devoted his ample fortune and leisure to public service and philanthropic works in Essex and at the Middlesex Hospital. He edited others translations of Horace, whose writings were a shared enthusiasm with Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), the author. Courtauld spoke to the Kipling Society in 1933 on Kipling's literary allusions , a text of which is in the Kipling papers from Wimpole Hall, but without any correspondence (SxMs 38/27/13).

Access Information

Items in the collection may be consulted for the purpose of private study and personal research, within the controlled environment and restrictions of The Keep's Reading Rooms.

Acquisition Information

Gift by Lady (Mollie) Butler of Saffron Walden, widow of R. A. Butler and daughter of Augustine Courtauld, son of S. A. Courtauld.


Prepared by John Farrant, July 2002.

Other Finding Aids

An online catalogue is available on The Keep's website.

Conditions Governing Use

COPIES FOR PRIVATE STUDY: Subject to copyright, conditions imposed by owners and protecting the documents, digital copies can be made. The items in this collection are photocopies of original documents which are in copyright. Copies can only be supplied with the written permission of the copyright owner or representative.

PUBLICATION: A reader wishing to publish material in the collection should contact the Head of Special Collections, in writing. The reader is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.

Custodial History

The original letters have been pasted into 28 bound volumes.

Related Material

This collection supplements the main collection of the papers of Rudyard Kipling, his parents, his wife and his daughter, which accumulated at Wimpole Hall, near Cambridge and which is deposited at the University of Sussex as SxMs 38, Kipling Papers - Wimpole Archive. The record for that collection includes a list of all the supplementary collections.

Additional Information

In 1984 the originals were in the possession of the donor.