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Virginia Woolf papers

 Collection
Identifier: MRBC-MS-00001

Scope and Contents

The Virginia Woolf Papers consist of 2.25 linear feet of material, dating from 1902 to 1956. Types of materials include correspondence, reading notes, drafts of essays and short stories, corrected page proofs of novels and collected essays, printed ephemera, and photographs. The bulk of the collection was assembled by Frances Hooper (1892-1986) and bequeathed to Smith College in 1986. A few additional manuscripts have been added through purchase and gift. The papers are arranged in six series.

Dates

  • 1902-1956

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

1882
25 January: Born Adeline Virginia Stephen.
1895
5 May: Death of mother, Julia Stephen.
1899
Virginia's brother, Thoby Stephen, attends Cambridge, where he meets members of the future Bloomsbury Group (Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell).
1904
22 February: Death of father, Leslie Stephen. Travels in Italy. Moves to Gordon Square. 14 December: Virginia's first publication, an unsigned review, appears in the Guardian.
1905
Travels in Spain and Portugal.
1906
Travels in Greece. 20 November: Death of brother, Thoby Stephen.
1907
7 February: Marriage of Vanessa Stephen and Clive Bell. April: Moves to 29 Fitzroy Square.
1908
4 February: Nephew Julian Bell is born.
1909
17 February: Lytton Strachey proposes marriage to Virginia, and she accepts. The engagement is soon called off.
1910
19 August: Nephew Claudian [Quentin] Bell is born.
1912
10 August: Marries Leonard Woolf.
1913
Suicide attempt.
1915
March: The Voyage Out (originally entitled Melymbrosia) is published.
1917
Formation of Hogarth Press.
1918
May: Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians is published.
1919
July: The Woolfs buy Monk's House. 20 October: Publication of Night and Day.
1921
March: Publication of Monday or Tuesday.
1922
October: Jacob's Room published. December: Meets Vita Sackville-West.
1924
Moves to 52 Tavistock Square.
1925
April: Publication of The Common Reader. May: Publication of Mrs. Dalloway
1927
May: To the Lighthouse is published.
1928
Awarded Femina Vie Heureuse prize. October: Publication of Orlando. At Cambridge reads two papers on which A Room of One's Own is based.
1929
October: Publication of A Room of One's Own.
1930
February: Meets Ethel Smyth.
1931
October: Publication of The Waves.
1932
January: Death of Lytton Strachey. July: Letter to a Young Poet is published.
1933
Flush is published by Hogarth Press.
1934
September: Death of Roger Fry.
1937
March: Publication of The Years. July: Julian Bell dies in Spanish Civil War.
1938
June: Publication of Three Guineas.
1939
August: Virginia and Leonard move to 37 Mecklenburgh Square.
1940
July: Publication of Roger Fry: A Biography.
1941
26 February: Between the Acts is completed. 28 March: Commits suicide.

Extent

3.271 linear feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Influential English writer best remembered for her innovative stream-of-consciousness novels. Papers include correspondence, reading notes, drafts of essays and short stories, corrected page proofs of novels and collected essays, printed ephemera, and photographs.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into six series:
  1. I. Correspondence of Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey, 1906-1956
  2. II. Letters by Virginia Woolf, 1916-1939
  3. III. Manuscripts by Virginia Woolf, 1916-1941
  4. IV. Hogarth Press Ephemera, 1917-1939
  5. V. Manuscripts by Others, 1904-1926
  6. VI. Photographs, 1902-1927

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was assembled by Frances Hooper (1892-1986) and bequeathed to Smith College in 1986. A few additional manuscripts have been added through purchase and gift.
Title
Finding aid to the Virginia Woolf papers.
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Compiled by Karen V. Kukil
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: manoscmr1 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2020-06-17: Finding aid copyeditied and brought up to standard as part of Description QC project

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

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