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Nancy Pearn Papers

1922 - 1951

Manuscript Collection Number: 227
Accessioned: Purchased in 1991
Extent: 45 items (.33 linear ft.)
Content: Letters and cards.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: October 1992 by Suzanne Hoffmann.

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Introductory Note

The papers of Nancy Pearn, a literary agent in the magazine department of the London office of Curtis Brown, Ltd., consists of incoming letters and cards spanning the dates 1922 - 1951 from a variety of literary and scientific figures. The collection contains four letters from Curtis Brown, including his letter of June 26, 1922, in which he offers Pearn a position in his agency. Other correspondents include physical scientists James Hopwood Jeans and Arthur Stanley Eddington; philosophers and theologians such as W.R. Inge, Gerald Heard and Malcolm Muggeridge; and biographers, novelists, and playwrights such as Cynthia Asquith, Naomi Mitchison, Marghanita Laski, May Sinclair, Ellen Cicely Wilkinson, Clemence Dane, Somerset de Chair, Ronald Duncan, Susan Ertz, Kate O'Brien, Clare Sheridan, and R.C. Sherriff. The collection contains thirty autograph letters, eight typescript letters, five postcards, and two greeting cards, all of which are signed. Autograph notes, apparently in the hand of Nancy Pearn, appear on some of the letters. The letters in each folder are arranged chronologically.

Contents List

Folder -- Contents

F1   Correspondence, 1922-1928.  7 items.

F2   Correspondence, 1930-1932.  5 items.

F3   Correspondence, 1932-1934.  6 items.

F4   Correspondence, 1936-1939.  6 items.

F5   Correspondence, 1941-1949.  6 items.

F6   Correspondence, 1950-1951.  4 items.

F7   Correspondence, [n.d.].  11 items.

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