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Archive of Vivien Greene


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The collection contains personal papers, literary papers, material relating to dolls' houses and genealogical material. Only the personal correspondence has been catalogued at this time.


  • Creation: 1810-2003


6.0 Linear metres (8 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 9696/1].

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MSS. 9696/1-8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9696


Archive of Vivien Greene

Biographical / Historical

Vivienne Dayrell-Browning was born 1 August 1904. She was a published poet and met Graham Greene whilst working for the publisher Basil Blackwell; he was an undergraduate at Oxford at the time. They married on 15 October 1927 and Vivienne changed her name to Vivien Greene. They had two children; a daughter Lucy Caroline born in 1933 and a son Francis Charles born in 1936. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Vivien and the children moved out of London. Her husband continued to work and live in London visiting his family regularly but his infidelities brought an end to the marriage in 1947. They were both converts to Roman Catholicism and never divorced. Although Vivien gave up paid work when she got married, she developed an interest in dolls' houses during the war and became a collector and an expert in historic dolls' houses, eventually creating a dolls' house museum in Oxford. She died aged ninety-nine in Oxfordshire.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part given to the library by Vivien Greene, 1993 and part bequeathed to the library by Vivien Greene, 2004.

Catalogue of the archive of Vivien Greene, 1810-2003
Catherine McIlwaine
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom