Letters to Siegfried Sassoon; together with related ephemera

Scope and Content

A collection of 1094 letters, postcards and other items known as 'Sassoon's residual correspondence' although it does also include a number of items addressed to other persons particularly to his wife, Hester, and his mother, Theresa Thornycroft.


Most of the letters (numbers 1-980) are arranged alphabetically by writer; at the end are sections for unidentified letters (numbers 981-1014), letters congratulating Sassoon on the award of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 1957 (numbers 1015-1044), letters to Hester Sassoon and members of the Gatty family (numbers 1045-1063), and miscellaneous odds and ends (numbers 1064-1094).

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased by Cambridge University Library from Roy Davids Ltd in 1996.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy finding aid to this collection may be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room, Cambridge University Library. Items in the collection appear in alphabetical order by correspondent's surname rather than by classmark order.

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Related Material

For other letters to Sassoon, some from the same correspondents, see Add. 8889 (http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0012%2FMS%20Add.8889). An outline of other collections of Sassoon material held by the Cambridge University Library Manuscripts Department is to be found online at: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/manuscripts/sassoon.html. Some detailed catalogues to these collections may be found at the Archives Hub website: http://archiveshub.ac.uk/.