Enid Blyton Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Typescript drafts for thirteen books by Enid Blyton, including one unpublished novel, as well as drafts for numerous short stories published in magazines and newspapers. The collection also includes one piece of original artwork for 'Last Term at Malory Towers'; some personal items belonging to Enid Blyton's daughter, Gillian Baverstock, including her childhood diary and several family books inscribed by Enid Blyton; ephemeral material and merchandise relating to Blyton's books; a quantity of VHS cassette recordings of various television adaptations of books by Enid Blyton; and copies of some of her published works.

Administrative / Biographical History

Created by Enid Blyton during the course of her career as a writer.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series, with material divided according to type as follows:

EB/01 Typescripts

EB/02 Personal papers and ephemera

EB/03 Audio visual material

EB/04 Printed books

Further information on the content and arrangement of each series can be found at series level.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all researchers, by appointment only.

Custodial History

Following Blyton's death, the material passed into the possession of her elder daughter Gillian Baverstock. Following Gillian Baverstock's death, this material, along with a quantity of other Blyton papers and books, was put up for sale as individual lots through Hartley's Auctioneers and Valuers. Seven Stories purchased the material in this collection, consisting of 18 lots, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the MLA/V & A Acquisitions Fund and two private donors, including Enid Blyton's granddaughter, Sophie Smallwood.