Alan Denson / Herbert Palmer collection

Scope and Content

Includes Herbert Edward Palmer correspondence (including from Germany, c1908-1914), poems, photographs, c1891-c1961. Correspondents include Liam O'Brien, W. B. Yeats, Roy Campbell, Constance Sitwell, Walter de la Mare, John Middleton Murry, Sir Edward Bridges, Geoffrey Keynes, Muriel Spark, Field Marshall Archibald Wavell, A. L. Rowse, Robert Bridges, Seumas O’Sullivan, Lord Alfred Douglas, George Bernard Shaw. Also includes Alan Denson's correspondence with David Halliwell c1960s-1980s; Phoebe Hesketh c1960s-c1990; Herbert Howarth c1950s-c1970s, Susan Miles poems and correspondence, c1920s-c1980s; John Wright papers regarding his career as a composer, 1938-1952. Also Sir Patrick Hannon autobiographical notes, 1961-2.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Edward Palmer was born in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. He was educated at Woodhouse Grove School, Birmingham University, and Bonn University. He became a full-time writer and journalist in 1921. He had previously led an itinerant life in teaching, tutoring and lecturing, working in particular for the Workers' Educational Association. Herbert Palmer spent a significant period in France and Germany. He also encouraged the young John Gawsworth.

Alan Denson was Herbert Palmer's literary executor and the author of Herbert Edward Palmer (1880-1961) : a bio-bibliographical survey and calendar of recordings (1994).

Access Information

Open for research although access to some files may be restricted by Freedom of Information legislation. At least 48 hours notice should be given as this archive is held off-site.

Other Finding Aids

Listed to file-level as part of the Senate House Libraries online archives catalogue,

Geographical Names