This small file of correspondence relates to the sale of Professor L W Forster's collection of Dutch books to the University of Hull. The books were bought by the university for £3000 in 1982 and one of the conditions of sale was that they would remain in Professor Forster's possession, as a working collection, until his death. In the event the books were transferred in 1991 and 1993. The sale was initially suggested by Professor Forster to Professor Peter King in 1978, and the negotiations around the sale were undertaken by the then University Librarian, Philip Larkin. There is also correspondence regarding a disagreement between Larkin and Forster in 1984 about how the books were to be kept secure.
The correspondence consists mainly of letters from Larkin to Forster and copy letters from Forster to Larkin. There is also correspondence between Forster and his solicitors, and several letters to and from Peter King. A copy of the bill of sale for the books is also included.
Correspondence relating to the acquisition of Professor Forster's books and an inventory of the titles acquired also appear in the records of the Brynmor Jones Library, reference U LIB/2/116. The two files are not duplicates of each other, although some letters do appear in both, and taken together they present an interesting picture of how both parties approached the sale.