Mary Hope Allen: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Robin Allen, Sir Ernest King Allen and Mary Hope Allen; articles, reviews, correspondence, and poems for The Weekly Westminster, c.1922-24; and photographs of actors and dramatists:

9225/1 Letters to Robin Allen and Allen's poems, the correspondents including Stopford A. Brooke; William E. Gladstone; Thomas Hardy; Frederic Harrison; William J. Hennessy; Thomas H. Huxley; Lord Leighton; James R. Lowell; George Meredith; Sir John E. Millais; John Ruskin; Sir Henry Morton Stanley; Arnold Toynbee; John Tyndall; and Mary Augusta Ward (Mrs. Humphry Ward).

9225/2 19th and early 20th century autographs, including Sir Charles H. Doyle to Colonel Graham, John Singer Sargent, and Sir Desmond Maccarthy to Mary Hope Allen.

9225/3 19th and early 20th century letters given to Mary Hope Allen by Edward Foord, 1925, including Barbara L. Smith (Bodichon) to Mrs. Foord; Eliza Lynn Linton to Mrs. Foord; Isabella Wilks; John Wilks to Sally F. Adams; Sir Edwin Landseer to Henry Graves; Samuel Sebastian Wesley to B.J. Scott; Anthony Trollope to Robin Allen; Thomas Carlyle to Robson; and H.G. Wells.

9225/4 Mary Hope Allen's autograph book.

9225/5 Letters to Mary Hope Allen, the correspondents including Max Adrian; Jill Balcon (Cecil Day-Lewis's wife); Elizabeth Bowen (wife of G.C. Cameron); Fay Compton; Denis Constanduros; Cathleen Cordell; Barbara Couper; Walter de la Mare; Robert Donat; Dame Edith Evans; Joan Farjeon; Herbert Farjeon; Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies; Sir John Gielgud; Joyce Grenfell; Hermione Hannen; Carleton Hobbs; Thea Holme; Aldous Huxley; Lydia, Lady Keynes (Lydia Lopokova); Ernest Milton; Lord Reith; Naomi Royde Smith; 5th Baron Sackville; Leslie Stokes; Irene Worth; and Gladys Young.

9225/6 Letters from J.B. Priestley to Mary Hope Allen.

9225/7 Articles and reviews for The Weekly Westminster, 1920s, including John D. Beresford; Walter de la Mare; Philip Guedalla; Cecil Harwood; Sir Alan P. Herbert; Richard Hughes; Robert Lynd, 'Katherine Mansfield'; Dame Rose Macaulay; Katherine Mansfield, 'The garden party'; Naomi Royde Smith; Edward Shanks; Dame Edith Sitwell; and Dame Rebecca West.

9225/8 Scrapbook of proof articles, poems and letters for The Weekly Westminster, 1920s, including the following poems: Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, 'Fountains'; Dame Edith Sitwell, 'Rain'; Sir John C. Squire, 'The journey'; Walter de la Mare, 'Reflections'; W.B. Yeats, 'The song of wandering Aengus'; Edward Shanks, 'Woodland scene', Sir Osbert Sitwell, 'Country-dance'; Humbert Wolfe, 'The first harp-player'; W.B. Yeats, 'Broken dreams', Fay Compton, letter; Sir Peter Quennell, 'A man to a sunflower'; W.B. Yeats, 'The lover mourns for the loss of love'; 'To a friend whose work has come to nothing'; 'A song'; 'The witch'; 'He tells of the perfect beauty'; and Sir. J.C. Squire, 'Christmas hymn for Lambeth'.

9225/9 Photograph album, containing photographs of mainly actors and dramatists, including Tallulah Bankhead; Hermione Baddeley; Hermione Baddeley and Gilbert Childs; Walter de la Mare; Horace Horsnell; Humbert Wolfe; Lydia Lopokova; Anna Pavlova; Jeanne de Casalis and Tom Douglas; D. Hay Petrie; Wilfrid Walter; Basil Rathbone; Beatrice Lillie; Mary Hope Allen; J.B. Priestley; Mary Hope Allen's production of The Tempest (1945); and Mary Hope Allen's production of Ibsen's The Wild Duck (1955).

9225/10 Commonplace book and miscellanea.

9225/11 Edward Allen, Commonplace book.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Hope Allen (1898- ), daughter of Sir Ernest King Allen and granddaughter of Robin Allen, was assistant to Naomi Royde Smith, literary editor of The Weekly Westminster, 1912-22, and a radio drama producer for the B.B.C. Third Programme, 1927-58. She married John Merrington, and was often called socially Mrs. Merrington, but was known as Mary Hope Allen for professional purposes. Robin Allen (1820-98), poet and critic, was Secretary of Trinity House; Sir Ernest King Allen (1864-1937) was Assistant Public Trustee, 1915-23.

Access Information

The collection is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs. Julia Allen-Manheim, 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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