Robert Cedric Sherriff (1896-1975), Dramatist And Novelist: Additional Papers, 1871-1958
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- Ref No: 3813
- Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking
- Date: 1871-1958
- Format: Archives
- Description: The General Correspondence section (3813/1/-) is the largest, and includes many letters to friends and acquaintances he met after the success of 'Journey's End'', and throws light on his literary career, as well as his interests in cricket and rowing. A notable quantity of the letters relate to his working relationship with the actress Jeanne de Casalis, with whom he wrote the 1936 play 'St Helena'. The Correspondence with Family and Friends section (3813/2/-) is much smaller, but includes several letters which offer a rare glimpse into Sherriff family life in the wake of 'Journey's End'.
Further material reflecting Sherriff's involvement with both literary and non-literary organisations in sections (3813/10/-, 3813/11/- and 3813/12/-), span both the professional and private dimensions of his life.
The Photographs section (3813/2/-) contains photographs relating to his army service in the First World War, as well as publicity shots from different phases of his literary career, and photographs of various houses owned at different times by the Sherriff family.
- Admin History: For an introduction to R C Sherriff's life see 2332/-.
- Extent: 16 boxes
- Level: Collection
- Related Material: For the main corpus of R C Sherriff's papers, bequeathed to Kingston Grammar School, and an introduction to his life see 2332/-. A smaller amount of additional material relating to Sherriff, accumulated during the course of the project, can be found at 9314/-.
A guide to archive material relating to R C Sherriff held elsewhere in the UK and abroad is in the course of being compiled, and the finished version will be made available online later on 2015 at:
- Access Status: Open. There are no access restrictions. Any requests to publish material in this collection should be directed to Surrey History Centre in the first instance, who will seek permission from the depositor on the searcher's behalf.
- Provenance: Deposited by the Curator, Elmbridge Museum, in two deposits, the first being in August 1990, and the second in January 2014. The papers here listed came apparently from Sherriff's Esher house, "Rosebriars", bequeathed to Elmbridge Borough.
- Bibliography: A detailed bibliography of published works by and about R C Sherriff is in the course of being compiled, and the finished version will be made available online later on 2015 at:
- Arrangement: This detailed catalogue replaces a temporary box list which was originally the main finding aid for these papers. It was produced as part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund during 2014-2015 to publicise and improve access to the Sherriff papers. The catalogue is arranged in the following sections:
General Correspondence: 3813/1-
Correspondence with Family and Friends: 3813/2-
Domestic Correspondence with Family and Friends: 3813/3-
Car and Travel Correspondence: 3813/4-
Financial Papers: 3813/5-
Legal Papers: 3813/6-
Papers Relating to literary Works by R C Sherriff: 3813/7-
Kingston Grammar School: 3813/8-
University of Oxford: 3813/9-
Literary and Theatrical Organisations: 3813/10-
Other Organisations: 3813/11-
Personal Interests: 3813/12-
Invitations, Business and Calling Cards: 3813/13-
Papers of R C Sherriff's Mother, Constance Sherriff: 3813/15-
Papers of R C Sherriff's Father, Herbert "Pips" Sherriff: 3813/16-
Papers of R C Sherriff's Brother, Cecil "Bundy" Sherriff: 3813/17-
Papers Relating to the Extended Sherriff Family: 3813/18-
Original Packaging: 3813/19-
- For more information contact: Surrey History Centre Collections Catalogue
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