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Correspondence and personal papers, 1935-1987, and papers of her mother, Muriel Dayrell-Browning, 1810-1933, 1810-1987

MS. 9696/7
Held in our offsite storage facility

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Folder 1) Correspondence with publishers, 1976, 1985-1987 relating to her works, Family Dolls’ Houses (1973) and English Dolls’ Houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (1955, 1979) and proposal for a new book on Waltershausen furniture.

Folder 2) Folder originally entitled, ‘(Work in Progress) For Biography / Journal / Assorted Reminiscences’, 1935-1986, containing:

  1. ‘The Surprising Holiday’, four copies (one corrected typescript and three carbon copy typescripts) of diary entries for a trip to Berlin, Jan-Feb 1935, all slightly different, one also described as ‘Section from “The Rabbit Pie Social”’
  2. typescript account of a recurring nightmare, with carbon copy, n.d.
  3. typescript journal entry, 27 Feb 1937
  4. typescript reminiscences of her childhood in Antwerp and Liverpool, jealousy of her brother when they were children, her conversion to Catholicism in 1921, her spirituality and the jealousy she experienced during her marriage due to her husband’s affairs, 1958
  5. ‘Recollections’ of Joyce Cary, typescript, [1968]
  6. tour of Iran led by Mary Burkett: list of participants, annotated by Vivien, [?1972]; see letters from Mary Burkett, 1972 and 1993 in MSS. 9696/5-6
  7. typescript reminiscences of Edward James, art patron, and his residence, West Dean, and the dolls’ house she refurbished as a homage to both, c.1986
  8. timetable for a lecture tour, ‘Antiques in Miniature’, Switzerland, 11-21 Mar [no year]

Folder 3) Loose notes on the word ‘bazaar’ and occurrences in 19th century literature, typescript and manuscript, n.d.

Folder 4) Family photographs, c.1938-1973, comprising a photograph of her brother Patrick ‘Tom’, two photographs of his house at Kew Green, London, c.1938 (all black and white) and seven photographs (and three negative strips) of the cats, Francis and Anne in the garden, Grove House, Iffley, Spring 1973.

Folder 5) Correspondence and papers of her mother, Muriel Dayrell-Browning, 1810-1933, comprising personal correspondence, c.1918-1933, and correspondence of other family members relating to the history of the Bartley and Dayrell families, 1810-1925.


  • Creation: 1810-1987


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 9696/7