Archive created by Elizabeth Laird during the course of her career as a children's author. The archive includes material relating to English-language readers written by Laird; draft material and correspondence relating to 25 of her published novels for children, as well as retellings of traditional stories and anthologies edited by Laird; material relating to a British Council project collecting traditional stories in Ethiopia; a small quantity of personal papers and publicity material; and some of her published works.
Elizabeth Laird Collection
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Created by Elizabeth Laird during the course of her career as a writer.
Elizabeth Laird's original file divisions have been retained as far as possible, with files grouped into series according to type as follows:
ELa/01 'First books - simplified English readers'
ELa/03 Traditional stories and retellings
ELa/05 British Council project on Ethiopian stories
ELa/06 Personal papers
ELa/07 Publicity material
ELa/08 Books and magazines
Further information on the contents of each series can be found at series level in the catalogue.
Conditions Governing Access
Accessible to all researchers, by appointment only.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, was established as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee in 1996, with the aims of preserving, maintaining and adding to a growing and accessible collection of archival material, artwork and printed books relating to modern British children's literature. The collection is intended to form part of the national heritage in an archive and library of present and future historical interest for the public benefit. (See Memorandum of Association)
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright in all original material resides with the creator.
Donated to Seven Stories by Elizabeth Laird in 2012.