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Archive of 'Michael Field'


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Papers of 'Michael Field', arranged into five groups:

  1. Correspondence of 'Michael Field', 1867-1926
  2. Drafts, manuscripts and proofs of their plays, a few in prose (which are unpublished), the majority in verse, c. 1874-1918
  3. Drafts and manuscripts of their verse, 1861-1912
  4. Miscellaneous papers, mainly of personal and biographical interest, 1832-1924
  5. Later papers relating to 'Michael Field', 1890-1970


  • Creation: 1832-1970


10.53 Linear metres (207 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. poet. a. 2, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. poet. a. 2, c. 28-31, c. 33-40, c. 66, d. 54-112, d. 204-206, e. 60-85, e. 137-148, f. 18-23, g. 3-4; Eng. lett. c. 418-434, d. 120-121, d. 400-408, e. 31-33, e. 142-143; Eng. misc. b. 47, b. 191, c. 301-304, c. 653-657, d. 333-337, d. 973-986, e. 335-343, e. 941, g. 16-17; Eng. th. d. 37-38

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 7599, 7640


Archive of 'Michael Field'

Biographical / Historical

'Michael Field' was the joint pseudonym of Katharine Harris Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece Edith Emma Cooper (1862-1913). Details under the name of 'Michael Field' are given in Who Was Who.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bradley and Cooper instructed their literary executor, Thomas Sturge Moore, to offer their papers to the British Museum and the Bodleian Library. The bulk of the working papers was given to the Bodleian in 1942, the rest (MSS. Eng. lett. c. 418-432, d. 400-407, e. l42-143, MS. Eng. misc. d. 975/1-12, MS. Eng. misc. d. 974/1-5, 46158-61, MS. Eng. poet. e. 142, MS. Eng. misc. e. 143, MS. Eng. poet. e. 144-148, MS. Eng. poet. d. 205-206, MSS. Eng. poet. e. 137-139, MS. Eng. mise. e. 941, MS. Eng. misc. d. 973, MS. Eng. misc. d. 976, MS. Eng. misc. c. 653, MS. Eng. misc. c. 654/3) being bought from D.C. and Riette Sturge Moore in 1974. Papers of Thomas Sturge Moore (MSS. Eng. misc. b. 191, c. 655-657, d. 977-986; Eng. lett. c. 433-434, d. 408) and Ursula Bridge relating to 'Michael Field' were given to the Library in 1974 by Rietter Sturge Moore and Quintin Bridge.

Related Materials

Diaries and some correspondence of Katharine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper are in the British Library (Add. MSS. 45851-6, 46776-804, 46866-7).

Catalogue of the archive of 'Michael Field'
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom