Title: Wilfrid Wilson Gibson Archive
Classmark: BC MS 20c Gibson
Creator(s): Gibson, Wilfrid Wilson (1878-1962)
Main language: English
Size and medium: 5 boxes and 19 vols; manuscript, typescript, photographs, and press cuttings.
Collection group(s): English Literature
Comprises: (a) 5 boxes of autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of Wilfrid Gibson's poems and plays, and some groups of correspondence between Gibson and various literary figures and publishers, written between 1902 and 1950, together with typed lists of the material as sold by Bertram Rota. Box 5 includes some autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of Elizabeth Gibson's poems, press cuttings containing obituaries of Wilfrid Gibson, and a collection of carbon typescript material for a memorial volume in tribute to Lascelles Abercrombie; (b) 11 vols of autograph manuscript and typescript letters from Wilfrid Gibson to Dorothy Una Ratcliffe 1927-1958, including a few poems and photographs; (c) 6 vols of autograph manuscript poems by Wilfrid Gibson, including, 'The Golden Room poems, 1925-27', 'The Alert', 'Islands', 'Challenge', 'Coldknuckles', and 'The Searchlight'; (d) 2 vols containing typescript diaries of a cruise to see the Scottish gardens on the West Coast arranged by the National Trust 12-18 May 1955 on board the ship 'Lady Killarney', one written by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe, the other written by Alfred C. Phillips, including some black and white photographs. Wilfrid Gibson was one of the passengers.
The 11 volumes of letters and 5 of the manuscript volumes of poetry are finely bound with gilt lettering embossed on their spines.
Additional item listed October 2017: Letter from Gibson to Dorothy Una Ratcliffe commenting on Ratcliffe's happiness and relationship with Mr Phillips [18 May 1931].
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878-1962), the English poet. For a fuller account of his life and achievements see the 'Dictionary of National Biography'. His sister, Elizabeth Gibson (later Mrs T.K. Cheyne) (1869-1931), wrote eighteen books, mainly of poetry, which were published between 1899 and 1914. For a fuller account of her life and achievements see 'Who was who', Vol. 3.
Letter from Gibson to Ratcliffe [18 May 1931] purchased from the Yorkshire Dialect Society in January 1968. Accessions Register no. B9175
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