Scope and Content

Contains: Correspondence c1960's -1990; research notes and indexes c1960's-1993; pamphlets, books and photocopies of reference material relating to basket making 1919-1975; draft copies of published work by Dorothy Wright c1959-1991; copy of a speech on basket makers c1983; photographs of basketry, 1965- 1992

Administrative / Biographical History

Dorothy Wright was born in 1910. She went to art school as she wanted to be a stage designer. Before World War Two she worked in the dress trade at St Ives, Cornwall where she wrote and designed for the local drama group. She became interested in crafts and after four years at the War Office she joined the London County Council's panel of Craft Instructors in 1947. She learned basketry under Mr W Silence at the Royal Institute for the Blind and studied and designed baskets as well as teaching basket making. In addition to writing about basketry Dorothy Wright also wrote novels, plays and screenplays. She died in 1996


B1-5 Correspondence

C1-8 Research Material

D1-12 Reference Material

F1-10 Draft copies of work

G1 Copy of Speech

H1-35 Photographs

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

The records were deposited in 1997 Accession DX226


Compiled by Caroline Gould, 18 December 2002

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