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Norman Macleod archive of Rebecca West

Collection 2003-011

  

Dates:  1918-1987.

Extent:  (5 boxes).

Level of Description:   Item level.

Name of creator(s):  Norman Macleod.

Date of creation:  Unknown.

Scope and Content:   Consists primarily of photocopies of manuscripts of some of West's major works and articles; photocopies of correspondence between West and others; correspondence relating to a proposed biography of West; and documents and correspondence regarding West's estate.

Administrative/Biographical History: 

Access and Copyright:  This material is housed off-site and will require special arrangements for anticipated use. Contact the Department of Special Collections.

Language and Scripts:  English.

Finding aid/Inventory:  Finding aid is available online.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition:   Gift of Norman Macleod, Nov 2003.

Date(s) of description:   Milissa Burkart, Sept 2006.

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Inventory

"Adela"      
1:1  Photocopy of a corrected, typed draft of an unfinished story, with an explanatory note by Diana Stainforth.  62p.  circa 1900s.    
       
"Approach to 1914 from This Real Night.  Cordelia Chapter"
1:2   Photocopy of a typed draft corrected in West's hand, p1-195.    
       
Cousin Rosamund
1:3 Chapters XV-XXIII.  Diana Stainforth's note reads: "This is a photocopy of the [typist's] top copy, incl. Rebecca West's pen corrections, of the continuation of the saga of which "The Fountain Overflows" forms the first part."  p593-830.    
1:4 p832-1009.    
1:5 p1010-1123.    
1:6 "This Real Night."  An "...enlarged first section..." according to Diana Stainforth.  p1-149.    
2:1 p150-270.    
2:2 Diana Stainforth's note reads:  "...the following is the continuation of the story after page 1129 of the original typescript.  It is taken from 2 3/4 heavily corrected M/s books, most of which appears to be a first draft..."  p1130-1268.    
       
Family Memories
2:3 Handwritten notes and photocopied handwritten notes and page notes in various hands, 10p.  Includes typed and signed letter from Faith Evans (editor) to Norman Macleod in reference to the Edinburgh section, 1s.    
2:4 Part One.   Photocopy of a typed draft with handwritten corrections and revisions and introduction by Faith Evans.  p1-148.    
2:5 Part Two.  "Isabella."  p149-234.    
2:6 Part Three.  "The Fairfields."   p235-307    
2:7 Part Four.  "Cissie."  p308-394.    
       
"Is This Piccadilly or Thursday?"
2:8 Photocopy of a typed, unfinished story, transcribed by Diana Stainforth from 46 pages of a draft found in a manuscript book.  Includes an explanatory note by Diana Stainforth.  30p.  circa 1916-1919.    
       
"Madam Sara's Magic Crystal:  Marshall Pierrot"
2:9 Photocopied of a typed, unfinished story, 7p.  30 Jan 1944.  Includes photocopied typed explanatory notes by Diana Stainforth, 1p.    
       
The Only Poet
  Alternately titled, "Nicholas", ""The Only Poet", and as the play "Goodbye Nicholas".    
2:10 Photocopy of a typed story transcribed from several manuscript notebooks by Diana Stainforth.  Includes Stainforth's notes about the story, the transcription, editorial references and gaps in the text, and synopsis.  pA-F, 1-121.  circa 1950s-1970s.    
       
"Parental Memoirs"
3:1 Photocopy of a typed draft (marked "2nd copy"), with photocopied revisions in Rebecca West's hand, p1-130; continues with carbon copy typed draft with handwritten revisions by Rebecca West, p131-149.    
       
3:2 Continuation of the carbon copy typed draft with handwritten revisions by Rebecca West, p150-260    
       
3:3 Photocopy of a typed draft (with photocopy of a handwritten insert to text), marked as "the final 136 pages taken from drafts and notes left by Rebecca West's" according to Diana Stainforth.  Includes Stainforth's notes on inconsistencies in the text, the order, legibility and continuity.  p260A-C, 261-396, plus appendices.    
       
Parthenope
3:4 Photocopy of a typed story with photocopied revisions by Rebecca West, 60p.    
       
"Repairing the Damage"
3:5 Photocopy of a printed article written by Rebecca West for The Society of Authors' Contingency Fund, Summer 1962.  Includes photocopy of an announcement by Mark Le Fanu, General Secretary of The Society of Authors, of an proposed anthology, 13 Jan 1984; and photocopy of a letter from Le Fanu (via secretary) to Macmillan Publishers Ltd. (Alan Maclean) regarding the use of the article, 15 Feb 1984.    
       
The Return of the Soldier
3:6 Photocopies of correspondence relating to the making of a movie based on the novel, 1983.  Correspondents include Norman Macleod, Gordon Ray, and Skreba Films Ltd.,    
       
"Short Life of a Saint"
3:7 Photocopy of a typed story, 43p.    
       
"The Truth of Fiction"
3:8 Photocopy of a typed, unfinished story, transcribed by Diana Stainforth, 9p.  circa 1920s-30s.  Includes photocopied typed explanatory notes by Diana Stainforth.    
       
Press cuttings
3:9 1960s-1970s    
3:10 1984    
3:11 1985    
4:1 1986    
4:2-3 1987    
4:4 1988    
4:5 1989    
4:6 1990    
4:7 1991    
4:8 1992    
4:9 1993    
4:10 1994    
4:11 1995    
4:12 1996    
4:13 Obituaries    
       
Correspondence
Arling, Emanie
5:1 1968-1969.  Photocopies of handwritten and typed letters to Arling from Rebecca West.  Includes a photocopied typed explanatory note by Diana Stainforth, 1p.  Letters are primarily in reference to Henry Andrews.    
       
Beaverbrook, Max
5:2 4 Nov 1955.  Photocopy of a typed letter to Beaverbrook from Rebecca West.  Letter is in reference to Anthony West and the Wells estate, etc.  2s.    
  undated.  Photocopy of a typed fragment in reference to Anthony West, West's denial of having had an affair with Beaverbrook, and Lady Dunn.  1s.    
 
Beerbohm, Max
5:3 28 Jun 1918.  Photocopy of a typed transcription of a letter from Beerbohm to George Bernard Shaw in reference to Beerbohm's caricature drawing of Rebecca West.  1p.    
       
Burgess, Guy
5:4 18 Jan 1945.  Photocopy of a typed and signed letter to Rebecca West from Burgess; includes photocopied handwritten postscript by Burgess and response by West, 1s.  Letter is in reference to access to Files of Foreign Broadcasts of the BBC.    
       
Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd. (Christie's)
5:5 18 Jun 1983.  Pre-Sale Advice documents for the sale of a collection art and sculpture of the late Rebecca West.    
       
Christine
5:6 14 May 1987.  Typed and signed letter from Christine (4 Abingdon Villas, London) to Norman "Bobby" Macleod, 1s.  Letter is in reference to Rebecca West's depiction of Lettie Fairfield in her Family Memories.    
       
Donald
5:7 5 Dec 1964.  Photocopy of a typed, incomplete letter, in 2 versions to Donald from Rebecca West, 4s and 2s.  Letter is in reference to Bertie Russell, according to the photocopy of Rebecca West's handwritten note at the top of version 1.    
       
Fairfield, Lettie
5:8 20 Sept [1944?].  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter from Rebecca "Cissie" West to Fairfield, 16s.  A handwritten explanatory note by Norman Macleod reads "Copy given me by Alison (who has the original from Lettie's papers), 16/4/84.  She had recently sent a similar copy to Victoria Glendenning."  Letter is in reference to the divorce of Anthony and Kitty West.    
       
Footman, David
5:9 22 Sept 1944.  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter from Footman to Rebecca West, 2s.  Letter is in reference to Footman giving Rebecca West a copy of Red Prelude. The Life of the Russian Terrorist  Zhelyabov in thanks for her help in its publication.    
       
Gamlens, Messrs.
  See:  Yale University and The Beinecke Library.    
       
Glendenning, Victoria
5:10 22 Sept 1983.  Photocopy of a typed and signed letter from Glendenning to Alan [Maclean, Macmillan London], 2s.  Letter is in reference to the extraordinary job that Diana Stainforth is doing in the selection, sensitivity, and preparation of Rebecca West's manuscript materials.    
       
  7 Nov 1984.  Handwritten and signed letter from Glendenning to Norman "Bobby" Macleod, 1s.  Letter is in reference to Orel's proofs.    
       
Koestler, Arthur
5:11 No date.  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter from Rebecca West to Koestler with initialed postscript, 7s.  Letter is marked "Confidential" and is in reference to Anthony West.    
       
Macleod, Norman "Bobby"
5:12 17 Aug 1983.  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter from Macleod to Patricia Kavanagh (A.D. Peters & Co. Ltd.), 1s.  Attached are handwritten commentary by Macleod, dated 3 Aug 1983, on Rebecca West's "Memoirs", 2p.    
       
  4 Sept 1983.  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter from Macleod to Patricia Kavanagh, 2s.  Letter is in reference to Kavanagh's remarks on "Sunflower" and other matters involving Stanley Olson.    
       
  5 Sept 1983.  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter from Macleod to Patricia Kavanagh, 1s.  Letter is in reference to Professor Harold Orel's forthcoming book on Rebecca West's literary achievement.    
       
  16 Jan 1984.  Handwritten draft of a letter from Macleod  to Patricia Kavanagh, 2s.  Letter is in reference to various people and events detailed in Rebecca West's memoirs.    
       
  1 Nov 1984.  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter from Macleod to Justin Lowinsky, 1s.  Letter is in reference to various aspects Professor Harold Orel's forthcoming book on Rebecca West's literary achievement.    
       
  1 Nov 1984.  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter from Macleod to Victoria Glendenning, 2s.  Letter is in reference to various aspects Professor Harold Orel's forthcoming book on Rebecca West's literary achievement.    
       
  Macleod's handwritten notes taken during a visit with Evelyn Hutchinson at Yale, 4 Jul 1983; written on two used legal-sized envelopes.    
       
  Macleod's handwritten notes (dated 2 Jul 1984) taken upon the inspection of the "Goldman File...(Weisberger of Weissberger & Frosch, NYC) (later & Harris) (June 1 1973)".  Macleod's notes list brief details of the letters found in the file, 2p.    
       
Macmillan London Ltd.
5:13 20 Oct 1978.  Photocopy of a typed and signed letter from A.D. Maclean to Rebecca West, 1s.  Maclean assures Rebecca West that Professor Harold Orel's book will not be published by Macmillan in its present form.  Includes attached photocopied documents to Simmons & Simmons, photocopied excerpt from West's memoirs, and photocopy of West's typed objections to Orel's work.    
       
  3 Aug 1983.  Typed and signed letter from A.D. Maclean to Patricia Kavanagh (A.D. Peters & Co. Ltd.) and Norman "Bobby" Macleod, 1s.  Letter is in reference to Stanley Olson's biography of Rebecca West.    
       
  19 Aug 1983.  Photocopy of a letter from Macmillan Press Ltd. illustrations researcher to Diana Stainforth, 1s.  Letter is in reference to Professor Harold Orel's forthcoming book on Rebecca West's literary achievement.    
       
  14 Sept 1983.   Typed and signed letter from A.D. Maclean to Norman "Bobby" Macleod, 1s.  Letter is in reference to a typescript of "The Sunflower" as well as various aspects of Stanley Olson's biography of Rebecca West.  Also includes Macleod's handwritten notes taken following a telephone conversation with Maclean on 19 Sept 1983.    
       
  14 Sept 1983.   Typed internal office memo from A.D. Maclean to Norman Macleod and Patricia Kavanagh, pertaining to Diana Stainforth, 1s; includes attached photocopies of letter drafts to Victoria Glendenning and Gill Coleridge (Anthony Sheil Associates), 5p.     
       
  19, 20 Sept 1983.  Photocopies of typed and signed letters from A.D. Maclean to Victoria Glendenning, pertaining to the West biography,  1s each.    
       
  21 Sept 1983.  Typed and signed letter from A.D. Maclean to Norman "Bobby" Macleod, pertaining to West's literary executors' status, 2s.    
       
  21 Sept 1983.  Photocopy of a typed and signed letter from A.D. Maclean to Gill Coleridge (Anthony Sheil Associates), pertaining to the proposed West biographies by Stanley Olson and Victoria Glendenning, 3s.    
       
  26 Sept 1983.  Photocopy of a draft letter on Macmillan letterhead from The Literary Executors "To Whom It May Concern", regarding their permission for Victoria Glendenning having access to the West archives at the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the archives held by Messrs. Gamlens in London.    
       
  11 Oct 1983.  Photocopy of a draft letter on Macmillan letterhead from The Literary Executors "To Whom It May Concern", regarding their permission for Victoria Glendenning having access to the West archives at the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the archives held by Messrs. Gamlens in London.    
       
  12 Nov 1984.  Photocopy of a letter from Frances A. Arnold, Macmillan editor, to Victoria Glendenning regarding Glendenning's reader's report on Professor Harold Orel's forthcoming book on Rebecca West's literary achievement.  Sent to Norman Macleod with the compliments of Patricia Kavanagh (A.D. Peters & Co. Ltd.)    
       
  2 Nov 1983.  Photocopy of a letter from The Literary Executors to the late Dame Rebecca West to Stanley Olson regarding his proposed full biography of Rebecca West, 1s.    
       
A.D. Peters & Co. Ltd.
5:14 6 Apr 1983.  Typed and signed letter from Patricia Kavanagh to Norman Macleod regarding a radio broadcast of an interview of Rebecca West by David Wheeler, 1s.    
       
  10 Aug 1983.  Photocopy of a typed internal office memo to Patricia Kavanagh regarding the BBC Radio Four's interest in broadcasting a voice reading of The Birds Fall Down for "Woman's Hour', 1s with attached photocopies of related documents.    
       
  22 Aug.  Typed and signed letter from Patricia Kavanagh to Norman "Bobby" Macleod regarding the proposed biographies by Stanley Olson and Victoria Glendenning, 2s.    
       
  13 Sept 1983.  Photocopy of a typed and signed letter from Michael Sissons to R.G. Stubblefied (Messrs. Gamlens, London) concerning the valuation of West materials, 1s.    
       
  20 Sept 1983.  Typed and signed letter from Patricia Kavanagh to Norman "Bobby" Macleod regarding Stanley Olson's West biography and Penguin's edition of Celebration; Professor Harold Orel is also mentioned, 1s.    
       
  30 Oct 1984.   Typed and signed letter from Patricia Kavanagh to Norman "Bobby' Macleod regarding proofs of Professor Harold Orel's book with photocopies of the proofs attached.    
       
5:15 No date, circa 1929.  Photocopy of a typed letter from Rebecca West to Bertrand Russell regarding her relationship with H.G. Wells, 3s.    
       
  10 Sept 1929.  Photocopy of a handwritten letter from Bertrand Russell to Rebecca West in response to hers, 3s.    
       
Anthony Sheil Associates Ltd.
5:16 11 Aug, 26 Sept 1983.  Photocopies of a typed and signed letters from Gill Coleridge (literary agent to Stanley Olson) to Alan Maclean (Macmillan Publishers Ltd.) regarding Stanley Olson's proposed biography of Rebecca West.    
       
Sports Illustrated
5:17 27 Sept 1983.  Photocopy of a typed and signed letter from Lavinia Scott Elliot (London Correspondent) to the Executors to the Late Dame Rebecca West regarding a pre-Olympic travel story on Yugoslavia.  1s.    
       
Diana Stainforth
5:18 22 Aug.  Handwritten and signed letter from Stainforth to Norman "Bobby" Macleod.  Cover letter concerning photocopies of West correspondence.  1s.    
       
  12 Dec 1984.  Photocopy of a typed and signed letter from Stainforth ( for the Executors) to Gil Coleridge (Anthony Sheil Associates Ltd.) regarding the Stanley Olson biography.  2s.    
       
5:19-20 1983-1984.  Photocopies of Stainforth's "Fortnightly Reports" to the executors of Rebecca West.    
       
5:21 "The Estate of the Late Dame Rebecca West"  London archive list of contents, compile by Diana Stainforth with the help of Sheila Macdonald.  7 Dec 1984.    
  "Preliminary list of manuscripts and typescripts found in Dame Rebecca's flat.", 4p; 2 copies.    
  Photocopy of Stainforth's memo on West's unpublished works, 1p.    
  Photocopy of Stainforth's final report to all executors, 1p.  12 Dec 1984.    
       
Time  Magazine
5:22 1 Aug 1983.  Typed and signed letter from John A. Meyers (publisher) to Norman "Bobby" Macleod.  Invitation to attend reception honoring all those who have appeared on the magazine's covers.  1s.    
       
Yale University and The Beinecke Library
5:23 1956-1983.  Photocopies of acknowledgements of receipt of Rebecca West materials and other related correspondence including R.G. Stubblefield of Messrs. Gamlens.    
 
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