Special Collections Department
Sir Gerald Barry
Manuscript Collection Number: 302
Accessioned: Purchase, April 1993
Extent: ca. 580 items (1 linear ft.)
Content: Letters, clippings, galley proofs, pamphlets, photographs, speeches, reviews, lists, and reports.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: July 1994, by Anita A. Wellner
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Following the war, Barry became a journalist, writing lead articles for the Daily Express until 1921, when he began working for the Saturday Review. By 1925 Barry had become the editor of the Saturday Review, contributing a popular column which focused on his interests in politics, literature, and the arts. He remained editor until February 28, 1930, when he resigned, following a disagreement with the owner of the Saturday Review.
Within two weeks after his resignation, Barry, and the editorial staff who had followed him from the Saturday Review, had created the Week-end Review, publishing the first issue on March 14, 1930. The Week-end Review of Politics, Books, the Theatre, Art, and Music had a successful run of four years, before encountering financial difficulties which necessitated its merger with the New Statesman in 1934.
Barry also edited two books with connections to the Week-end Review, namely A Week-end Calendar (1932) and This England (1934). This England consisted of extracts from Barry's popular column of the same title, to which readers had sent absurdities which they garnered from publications by the English Press.
In 1934 Barry joined the staff of the News Chronicle as the features editor, becoming the managing editor in 1936, and serving through 1947. In 1948 he accepted a position as the salaried Director-General of the 1951 Festival of Britain. The success of the Festival of Britain was one of his most recognized achievements and contributed to his selection for knighthood in 1951.
After 1951, Barry served in a number of appointments, including advisor on public policy to the National Farmers' Union, consultant to the London County Council on the development of the Crystal Palace and park, chairman of the Barbican Committee, chairman of a theatre censorship reform committee, and beginning in 1958, editor in charge of Granada Television's plans for educational broadcasting. He was also chairman of International Literary Management (ILM) for which he recruited writers.
In 1955, Barry returned temporarily to the News Chronicle as its literary editor and during the same period wrote lead articles for the Sunday Times. In 1965 he edited, together with J. Bronowski, James Fisher, and Sir Julian Huxley, a dictionary titled Health and Wealth.
Sir Gerald Barry died in London, on November 21, 1968. A plaque commemorating his life was unveiled outside the Royal Festival Hall in 1971.
Sources:Nicholls, C.S. and E.T. Williams (eds.) The Dictionary of National Biography 1961-1970. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981. pp. 75-76.
Scope and Content Note
The letters are written by a wide variety of Sir Gerald Barry's friends and professional contacts. In most instances carbon copies of Barry's responses are included with the letters.
Correspondents include numerous literary notables, such as L. P. Hartley, Arnold Bennett, Maurice Baring, Stephen Spender, Max Beerbohm, John Lehmann, Beverly Nichols, Humbert Wolfe, John Buchan, R. C. Sherriff, Hugh Walpole, C. P. Snow, and Virginia Woolfe. Some of the correspondents wrote to Barry concerning their contributions to the Saturday Review or to the Week-End Review. Others, such as Virginia Woolf and John Buchan, wrote to decline Barry's requests for articles or reviews.
Many of the letters, written during the 1930s, express the correspondent's enthusiasm for Barry's editorship. Consequently, in 1934, many contributors wrote to convey their disappointment and remorse over the merger of the Week-End Review and the New Statesman.
Since the letters span most of Sir Barry's career, they reflect not only his work at the Saturday Review and editorship of the Week-End Review, but also his chairmanship of International Literary Management, his direction of Granada Television's plans for educational broadcasting, and his administration of the Festival of Britain.
Letters from the 1940s and 1950s describe arrangements for educational broadcasts for Granada Television; details for "Special Enquiry," a BBC series edited by Barry; early plans for the Festival of Britain, and contributions to News Chronicle. The correspondents also discuss speaking engagements (by Barry and others), appointments, travel plans, British politics, journalism, architecture, British economy and trade, and Barry's editorials.
Included among the professional correspondence are letters which discuss personal matters, including lunch and dinner engagements, visits to and from friends, concerns about Barry's health or the health of other friends, and his vacation and travel plans. A significant number of these letters also express the correspondent's appreciation for Sir Barry's congratulations, which he conveyed to them following their receipt of various British awards, including knighthood.
In addition to correspondence, the collection includes poems written by Marion Peacock, Stark Young, and Edmund Seagrave; a copy of Barry's tribute to Sir James Turner; critiques of "Special Enquiry" and a book by Stephen Potter (represented by International Literary Management); a draft of J.B.S. Haldane's essay, "Lord Birkenhead Improves His Mind;" excerpts from a speech by Michael Stewart; Barry's synopsis and proposal for The Week-End Book; a booklet titled Farnley Hall (1962); and Powys Evans's pamphlet, Some Words of Six Leading Statesmen...(Cayme Press, 1926). Also included are a curriculum vitae for composer Richard Arnell, several clippings, a proof of an editorial by Scott Goddard, and a photograph of an award.
The final folder in this collection contains letters written by unidentified persons.
Items such as proofs, clippings, articles, and other material are located with the letters in which they were originally enclosed or in alphabetical order by author when no correspondence related to the item is present.
1 F1 Adams - Atholl Adams, Mary Agate, James, 1877-1947. Alexander, H. G. Allan, Robert A. Allen of Hartwood Andrade, E. N. (Edward Neville da Costa), 1887-1971. Andrews, Eamonn Arnell, Richard, 1917- Ashby, Eric, 1904- Atholl, Katharine Majory Stewart-Murray, Duchess of, 1874-1960. Atholl, W. W. F2 Baker - Banter Baker, Stanley Baldwin, Stanley Baldwin, Earl, 1867-1947. Balfour, Honor Balfour, John, Sir Banter, A. Beverley F3 Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945. F4 Barker - Beaumont Barker, Curen (?) Barman, T. G. Baron, Stanley Bart, Lionel Bartlett, Vernon, 1894- Beaumont, Timothy Wentworth F5 Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956. F6 Behan - Bell Behan, John Bell, Doyne, Dr. F7 Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931. F8 Bennidy - Boothby Bennidy, W. Bernard, Oliver Bessborough Betts, Ernst, 1896- Black, Misha, Sir, 1910-1977. Bladett, B. Bladle, Gould Bone, James, 1872- Bonher Certer, Violet Boothby, Robert, Lord 1 F9 Boura - Bryant Boura, C. Boulting, John Bridges-Adams, William, 1889-1965. Briggs, Asa, 1921- Moir, Guthrie Brown, Ivor John Carnegie, 1891- Brittain, Harry, Sir, 1873-1974. Brook, Peter Browne, E. Martin (Elliott Martin), 1900- Bruce-Porter, Bruce, Sir Bryan, Dora Bryant, Arthur, Sir, 1899- F10 Buchan, John, 1875-1940. F11 Buchanan - Burton Buchanan, George, 1904- Budden, Frank Burton, Basil F12 Caccia - Caplet Caccia, Harold Cadbury, Laurence J. Russell, Lilian Camacho, J. A. (George) Cameron, James Cammaerts, Francis C. A. Campbell, Jock A., Sir Camrose, William Ewert Berry, Viscount, 1879- Caplet (?), Marcus F13 Casson - Cotes Casson, Hugh Maxwell, Sir, 1910- Castle, Barbara, 1911- Cecil, Hugh (Hugh P.) Chapman, Brian Christie, John Clark, Kenneth, 1903- Clegg, Hugh Armstrong Cochran, Charles B. Collins, Norman, 1907- Connor, William Cooke, Cecil Cooke, Colin R. Cotes, Peter 1 F14 Cox - Curtis Cox, Geoffrey Cox, Ian H. (Ian Herbert), 1910- Cripps, Stafford, Sir Crankshaw, Edward Crowther, Geoffrey, Sir, 1907- Cruikshank, Robin J. Goddard, Scott Cudlipp, Percy Cummings, Arthur J. Curtis, Michael, 1923- F15 D'aberon - Dupree D'aberon Daintrey, Adrian Daniel, Glyn Edmund Darwin, Robin Dawson, Geoffrey Day, Robin, Sir, 1923- de Guingand, Francis Wilfred, Sir, 1900- Dent, Alan Dolmetsch, Arnold, 1858-1940. Don, Alan C. Driberg, Tom, Baron Bradwell Dunelly, Bernard Dupree, Tom (?) F16 Eden - Evans Eden, Anthony, Earl of Avon, 1897- Elliott, John, Sir Elliot, Walter Elmhirst, Leonard K. Ernle, Rowland Edmund Prothero, Baron, 1851-1937. Erroll, Frederick Evans, B. Ifor (Benjamin Ifor), 1899- Evans, Powys Evans, Trevor, Sir, 1903- 2 F17 Fenwick - Freud Fenwick, Trevor Fernald, John, 1905- Fisher, James, 1912- Fitter, Richard Sidney Richmond Fonteyn, Margot, Dame, 1919- Forbes, Mansfield Forbes-Robertson, Johnston, Sir, 1853-1937. Foyle, Christina Fraser, Robert, Sir Fraser, Ronald, Sir, 1888- Frazer, Michael Freud, Clement F18 Garnett - Gollancz Garnett, Robert Singleton, 1866-1932. Gardiner, Gerald, 1900- Gibberd, Frederick Gielgud, Val Henry, 1900- Gillard, Frank Glenister, John Gollancz, Victor, 1893-1967. F19 Granville-Barker - Grisewood Granville-Barker, Harley, 1877-1946. Gray, James, Sir, 1891-1975. Gribble, Philip Thompson, Nicholas I. Wolfers, John Grimmond, Jo Grisewood, Harman, 1906- F20 Haldane - Hart-Davis Haldane, J. B. S. (John Burton Sanderson), 1892-1964. Hale, Lionel, 1909- Cathie, I. A. B. Page, D. Armstrong, Martin Haley, William John, Sir, 1901- Hall, Peter Hart, William O. Hart-Davis, Rupert, 1907- F21 Hartley, L. P. (Leslie Poles), 1895-1972. 2 F22 Hawkes - Hopkins Hawkes, Jacquetta Hopkins, 1910- Heal, Anthony Herbert, Alan Patrick, 1890- Herbert, Mervyn Hewat, Tim Rolph, C. H. (Cecil Hewitt), 1901- Hoare, Samuel Holford, William, Sir Hollowood, A. Bernard, 1910- Hooper, Frederic Hopkins, Gerard, 1892- F23 Horder - Huxley Horder, Lord Hore-Belisha, Leslie Horton-Fawkes, Le G. G. W. Hoyle, Fred, Sir Hussey, Christopher Hussey, Dyneley, 1893-1972. Huxley, Gervas F24 Inglis - Ismay Inglis, Brian, 1916- Ismay, Hastings Lionel Ismay, Baron, 1887-1965. F25 James - Knox James, Philip Brutton, 1901- Jeffares, A. Norman (Alexander Norman), 1920- Jenkins, Roy Johnson, Celia, 1908- Judson, Philip Keely, E. P. Knox, E. V. (Edmund Valpy), 1881-1971. F26 Lane - Lee Lane, Allen, Sir Lasdun, Denys Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950. Laski, Marghanita, 1915- Lee, Jennie, 1904- Lee, Laurie F27 Lehmann, John, 1907- 2 F28 Linklater - Lynd Linklater, Eric, 1899- Littlewood, Joan Roberts, Denys Kilham Liverpool, Albert Lloyd-George, Gwilym Longford, Lord Lusty, Robert, Sir, 1909- Lynd, Robert, 1879-1949. F29 Macmillan - McLaren Macmillan Martin, D. C. Kneebone, Peter Martin, Kingsley, 1897-1969. Masefield, John, 1878-1967. Massey, Harrie Stewart Wilson, Sir Maud, John, Sir McCarthy, Ralph McLaren, Moray F30 Mercer - Murrow Mercer, G. E. Middleton, Drew, 1913- Milne, David, Sir, 1896- Monckton, Walter Montagu, Ivor Goldsmid Samuel, 1904- Moorehead, Alan, 1910- Morris, Claud Morrison, Herbert Stanley, 1888- Mortimer, Raymond, 1895- Morton, Johnny Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903- Muir, Ramsay, 1872-1941. Muirhead, Thorburn Murray, David Murray, John Murrow, Edward R. 3 F31 Nathan - Newton Nathan, Lord Nevinson, C. R. W. (Christopher Richard Wynne), 1889- 1946. Newton, Eric, 1893-1956. F32 Nichols, Beverley, 1899- 3 F33 Nicholson - Oxford Nicholson, Edward Max Norton, Clifford Ormsby-Gore Oxford, Mar (?) F34 Parry - Petrie Parry, Edward Abbott, Sir, 1863-1943. Patch, Blanche Eliza, 1878- Peacock, Marion Perry, Eustace Petrie, Charles, Sir, 1895- F35 Piper, John, 1903- F36 Playfair - Powell Playfair, Nigel Plummer, Leslie, Sir Pollock, Gay C. Pope, Olive Reynolds, Jacqueline Potter, Stephen Powell, Anthony, 1905- F37 Randall - Reinhardt Randall, Alec Ray, Cyril, 1908- Rees-Mogg, William, 1928- Reilly, Paul Reinhardt, Max, 1873-1943. F38 Richards - Ryan Richards, J. M. (James Maude), Sir, 1907- Roberts, Brian R. Robson, Flora, Dame, 1902- Roskill, Oliver W. Rotha, Paul, 1907- Swallow, Norman Bennett, Holland Barnes, George de Lotbiniere, Anthony Campey, George Dembovitz, Nathan Rothwell, Bruce Royde-Smith, Naomi Gwladys Russell, Gordon, Sir Ryan, A. P. 3 F39 Sainsbury - Sheppard Sainsbury, A. Pomeroy Saint-Denis, Suria St. John-Stevens, Norman MacFarlane, J. E. C. Salter, Arthur Salter, Baron, 1881- Salisbury Samuel, Herbert Louis Samuel, Viscount, 1870-1963. Sargent, Malcolm, Sir, 1895-1967. Scott, Charles Prestwich, 1846-1932. Segrave, Edmond Shaw, Glen Byam Sheppard, Hugh Richard Lawrie, 1880-1937. F40 Sherriff, R. C. (Robert Cedric), 1896-1975. F41 Simon - Spence Simon, John Skevington, Gerard Johnson, Pamela Hansford, 1912- (Lady Snow) Snow, C. P. (Charles Percy), 1905-1980. Sowersby, A. G. Sparrow, John Hanbury Angus, 1906- Spears, Edward Louis, Sir, 1886-1974. Spence, Basil, Sir, 1907- F42 Spender, Stephen, 1909- F43 Steed - Symons Steed, Henry Wickham, 1871- Summerson, John Newenham, Sir, 1904- Swinbury (?), George Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945. F44 Tallent - Turner Tallent, Stephen Thistleton, Francis Thomas, Alan Thomas, Miles, Sir Topolski, Feliks, 1907- Tubbs, Ralph Turner, James, Sir 3 F45 Walpole - Williamson Walpole, Hugh, Sir, 1884-1941. Webster, David Reinhardt, Max, 1873-1943. Weisz, Vicky Wheeler, Charles, Sir Williams, Francis, 1903- Williams-Ellis, Clough Williams, Evelyn (Evelyn A.) Ross, Williamson, Hugh, 1901-1978. F46 Wolfe, Humbert, 1885-1940. F47 Wolfit, Donald, 1902-1968. F48 Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. F49 Young - Zuckerman Young, Stark Thompson, Nicholas I. Zuckerman, Solly Zuckerman, Baron, 1904- F50 Unidentified
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