Papers relating to Nancy Cunard

Scope and Content

A bundle of papers relating to the poet and political activist Nancy Cunard, who was a friend of Strachan. Includes an essay on Cunard by Strachan, alongside copies of letters and poems by and relating to Cunard; the originals of these photocopies formed part of Strachan's own archive and were presented to Dorset County Museum. The material is as follows:

  • /1 Carbon typescript of essay 'Nancy Cunard' by Strachan, dated January 1966. This formed Strachan's contribution to the book Nancy Cunard: brave poet, indomitable rebel, 1896-1965, ed. Hugh Ford (1968).
  • /2 Photocopies of 23 letters from Nancy Cunard to Valentine Ackland, and a photocopy of a published poem (Man Ship Tank Gun Plane, 1944), inscribed by Cunard to Ackland. The originals (which date from the 1940s-1960s) are held at Dorset County Museum. It is unclear why the originals happened to be in Walter Strachan's own archive, but after the deaths of Nancy Cunard and Sylvia Townsend Warner, he and others were involved in lending letters written by both of them to writers of biographies and editors of letters volumes.
  • /3 Photocopies of typescript poems by Cunard, which were inscribed and sent to Valentine Ackland. Consists of: 'Tell it, Glen of Tyneside' (dated December 1943); '19 of Pisces' (dated 1953); and sequences from long poem 'The visions' (1964-5). Originals at Dorset County Museum.
  • /4 Photocopy of a letter to Valentine Ackland from a friend of Nancy Cunard's, relating to Cunard's final days and death (original dated 31 March 1965).

Access Information

The photocopied material (/2-4) is closed.

Related Material

There is a larger file of original material relating to Cunard at WJS/1/4.