Lewis Collection

Scope and Content

This is an artificial collection formed from a variety of sources. It includes about 60 letters from Rudyard Kipling (25 of them to Peter and Frances Stanley, 1925-34) and four of his literary manuscripts, and about 20 items concerning the friendship of his daughter Elsie with Harold and Madeline Maxwell and her marriage to Captain George Bambridge, 1924.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mrs Lisa A. F. Lewis is an authority on the life and works of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), author (see, e.g., Writings on writing by Rudyard Kipling, edited by Sandra Kemp and Lisa Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 1996)). She was a member of the Kipling Society's Council from 1979 to 1997, and sometime its chairman. She has collected letters and drafts by Kipling.

She deposited at the University of Sussex her collection as it existed in February 1981 and further acquisitions as nine additions down to June 1992.

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

Deposited by Mrs Lisa A. F. Lewis, 1981-92


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.

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.

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.


Some items have been published in Thomas Pinney (ed.), The letters of Rudyard Kipling, in progress (London: Macmillan, 1990-).