Macdonald Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes:

papers of John Lockwood Kipling (1865-1911), being illustrations to Rudyard's early works, a notebook of c. 1891 and newspaper cuttings of his own journalism;

20 letters (some of them photocopies ) from his son Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) to his sister Alice Macdonald Fleming (1868-1948), her husband John M. Fleming and S. Healey; and

11 letters to his mother Alice Kipling (1837-1910) concerning her health.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alice Macdonald Fleming (1868-1948) was the only sister of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), the author. She married Colonel John M. Fleming (1858-1942).

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Helen Mary Macdonald and Margaret Elizabeth Macdonald in 1987.


Prepared by John Farrant, July 2002.

Other Finding Aids

A handlist is available in the Library and also on its website.

Conditions Governing Use

COPIES FOR PRIVATE STUDY: Subject to copyright, conditions imposed by owners and protecting the documents, the Library can supply, at a charge, photocopies, photographs or digital copies.

Note that some items in this collection are photocopies of original documents which are in copyright. The Library is able to supply copies of them, only 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. The National Trust is the owner of the copyright in the works of the Kipling family.

Custodial History

These papers were collected by Alice Macdonald Fleming, who passed them to Helen Mary Macdonald and Margaret Elizabeth Macdonald, relatives on her mother's side. The sisters donated the collection to the University of Sussex in 1987.

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 are 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.