This collection contains manuscripts and typescripts of Rosamond Lehmann's writings, ranging from her childhood stories to drafts of her later prose. Poetry and memoirs appear in the collection. It includes reviews of many of her novels by other individuals, and published articles about her life.
The correspondence is extensive and diverse. It contains many of Rosamond Lehmann's own letters to friends and family, notably to her mother and children. Letters sent to her from distinguished individuals show the range of her literary and artistic connections: Elizabeth Bowen, Dora Carrington, E. M. Forster, Margaret Storm Jameson, Laurie Lee, Rose Macaulay, Compton MacKenzie, William Plomer, Dadie Rylands, Siegfried Sassoon, Roger Senhouse, Stephen Spender, Virginia Woolf, and many others. A great number of letters from Leslie Runciman and Wogan Philipps are held in this collection, charting the course of her romance and marriages. There are also many letters from friends, fans and those seeking solace on the death of loved ones.
The collection is particularly rich in sources relating to Rosamond Lehmann, many of which were gathered by Selina Hastings during the research for her biography (Chatto and Windus, 2002) and by Francois Bort, a French academic who promotes Rosamond Lehmann's writings in France. These include photocopies of documents held in other archives and bibliographical references.
Among Rosamond Lehmann's papers are poems by Patrick Kavanagh, Cecil Day Lewis, Lilian Bowes Lyon, Goronwy Rees, Edith Sitwell, Stephen Spender and Jeremy Reed.