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Archive 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 'I, said the fly', an unpublished novel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


  • Creation: 1916-1966


4.58 Linear metres (70 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. b. 115, fols. 1-2].

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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


Archive of R.S. Blaker

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.

Catalogue of the archive of R.S. Blaker
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom