Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bates mss., 1926-1932, are writings and letters of English author Herbert Ernest Bates, 1905-1974.

An inventory follows. Consult the Manuscripts Catalog in the Library for further information on the writings.

Acquired: 1958

34 items


Arranged chronologically, followed by a list of items mounted in books.

  • 1926. The Lesson
  • 1926. The Mother
  • 1929, June-July. Alexander
  • 1930, Jan. 16-1933, Feb. 6. Letters from Bates to Barbara McClenaghen, including one letter from McClenaghen to Bates, Dec. 9, 1931. (16 items)
  • 1930? Obadiah
  • 1930? A Threshing Day for Esther
  • 1931, Jan. On the Road
  • 1931, Mar. The Mower
  • 1931. A German Idyll – first draft
  • 1931. A German Idyll
  • 1932, Dec. The Pink Cart
  • 1932. The Russian Dancer
  • 1932. A Speculation in the Angelic
  • undated. The Black Boxer
  • undated. The Dove
  • undated. Fishing
  • undated. Never

Mounted in books:

  • The Country doctor (fragment- p.5) in Bates: The story without an end and country doctor (Lilly PR6003.A86 S81 copy 2)
  • Mrs. Esmond's Life, chapter III (p. 26) in Bates: Mrs. Esmond's life (Lilly PR 6003.A86 M61).

Collection size: 34 items

Related manuscripts: Bates mss. II

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.