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Papers of R.S. Blaker


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Literary manuscripts, papers and correspondence of R.S. Blaker, including:

Letters to Blaker, 1916-1940

Manuscript and typescript drafts of:
  1. 'The voice in the wilderness', published in 1922, and 'The liberators'
  2. 'Geoffrey Castleton, passenger', published in 1923
  3. 'Enter a messenger', published in 1927
  4. 'Scabby Dichson', published in 1927
  5. 'Medal without bar', published in 1930
  6. 'The needle-watcher', published in 1932
  7. 'Night-shift', published in 1934
  8. 'Here lies a most beautiful lady', published in 1935
  9. 'But beauty vanishes', published in 1936
  10. 'David of Judah', published in 1937
  11. 'Love went a -riding', published in 1938
  12. 'I, said the fly', an unpublished novel
  13. 'Black Daniel', an unfinished novel
  14. Short stories, with a few drafts of plays
  15. 'Mr Petrie', a play by Blaker and Sidney Gutman, based on Blaker's novel A voice in the wilderness (London, 1922)
  16. Film scripts and scenarios, with related notes, c. 1936-1938
Miscellaneous papers, including details of the sales of Blaker's novels, early essays, and agreements and contracts with publishers and film studios, 1919-1942:
  1. Newspaper cuttings, 1912, 1922-1938
  2. Biographical papers
  3. Photographs of Blaker and his friends


  • 1916-1966


60 shelfmarks

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Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. b. 115].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. b. 115, c. 554-562, d. 755-787, e. 705-711, f. 418; Eng. lett. c. 317-323, c. 326, d. 339

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13568

Biographical / Historical

Richard Sidney Blaker (1893-1940) was an author. Details are given in Who Was Who.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library by Blaker's brother-in-law in 1974.
Papers of R.S. Blaker
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom