Skip to main content

Archive of Kenneth Grahame


  • How to

Papers and letters of Kenneth Grahame, his wife Elspeth and his sister-in-law Winifred Hope Thomson, including papers relating to The Wind in the Willows, correspondence with publishers, letters from Grahame to his wife, and photographs of and by Winifred H. Thomson.


  • Creation: 19th-20th century


2.27 Linear metres (37 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. c. 379, fols. 1-2].

Please see our help page for further guidance on citing archives and manuscripts.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 379-381, c. 720-723, d. 524-537, d. 1098-1102, e. 480-482, e. 1132-1134, f. 174-176, f. 639-641

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9409


Archive of Kenneth Grahame

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was an author and the Secretary of the Bank of England. He married Elspeth Thomson in 1899. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

The papers were left by Elspeth Grahame to her brother Courtauld, Baron Courtauld-Thomson, in 1946.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought from the Dorneywood Trust in 1961.

Related Materials

See also Manuscripts of Kenneth Grahame, (Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. misc. d. 281-282, e. 247-248).


  • The papers were used in P.R. Chalmers, Kenneth Grahame: life, letters and unpublished work (London, 1933) and in P.M. Green, Kenneth Grahame: a biography (London, 1959).
Catalogue of the archive of Kenneth Grahame
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