Diaries 1935 to 1939 (photocopies)

Scope and Content

The original diaries, from 22 February 1935 to 6 May 1939, include letters, photographs and other ephemera as well as a register of letters, none of which are included in these photocopies. The University of Victoria, where the originals are held, describes the diaries as "a highly detailed record of four years in the lives of both Robert Graves and Laura Riding, from whom he was seldom separated for more than a few hours throughout the period that it covers. As well as giving full accounts of domestic events - building projects, gardening, jam-making, shopping expeditions, visits from friends and the like - Graves notes precisely the work that he and Laura Riding have accomplished each day, both separately and in collaboration. All their working projects are minutely documented."


Canelluñ Collection number: CC1300

This refers to the arrangement of the papers in Robert Graves’ study before they were transferred to the College.

Conditions Governing Use

Although the originals are held at the University of Victoria, the copyright is owned by the St John's College Robert Graves Trust.

Related Material

Reference: RG/I/1935-1939/2; Transcripts of the 1935-1939 diaries were made by Beryl Graves, presumably from the photocopies sent by the University of Victoria.;

Location of Originals

The originals are located in the special collections department of the library of the University of Victoria, British Columbia.