Collections of Sir Hugh Walpole

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Walpole a. 1-3, b. 1-7, c. 1-24, d. 1-19, e. 1-9, f. 1-3
  • Dates of Creation
      19th-20th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      65 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

A collection made by Sir Hugh Walpole of manuscripts and letters of writers and artists of the late 19th and early 20th century, with some papers relating to them. Many of the letters are addressed to John Lane, and many of the papers have headings in the hand of A.J.A. Symons. The collection consists of:  

  • Papers of Lord Alfred Douglas, 1910-38
  • Papers of Richard Le Gallienne, 1893-1914
  • Papers of Stephen Phillips, 1898-1916
  • Papers of F.W. Rolfe 'Baron Corvo', 1881-1958
  • Papers of A.W. Symons, 1891-1927
  • Papers of William Watson, 1893-1919
  • Miscellaneous, 1892-1941

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941) was a novelist and man of letters. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The collection was bequeathed to the Library by Walpole in 1941.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 55537-602.