Siegfried Sassoon: Papers Accumulated by Sir Rupert Hart-Davis

Scope and Content

These notebooks, loose drafts, letters and diaries of Siegfried Sassoon were purchased by Cambridge University Library in March 2006 from Roy Davids Ltd, acting on behalf of their owner George Sassoon, son of Siegfried Sassoon. They had formerly been in the possession of Sir Rupert Hart-Davis, who accumulated them in the process of editing Sassoon's diaries, letters and poems for publication.


The collection is arranged in three sections according to document type: poetical notebooks and drafts, diaries, and letters.

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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Alternative Form Available

Formerly part of MS Add.9454; the remaining part of Rupert Hart-Davis' Siegfried Sassoon collection was transferred to the University of Tulsa in 2001. The entire Hart-Davis collection (MS Add.9454, incorporating both the manuscripts now comprising MS Add.9724 and those in Tulsa) was microfilmed before the transfer to Tulsa and can be consulted as MSS Microfilm 11283-11287.

Related Material

An outline of other collections of Sassoon material held by the Cambridge University Library Manuscripts Department is to be found online at: Some detailed catalogues to these collections may be found at the Archives Hub website: Notable is the collection at MS Add.9852: Papers of Siegfried Sassoon.