Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Curle mss. IV, 1901-1968, consists of the papers of author, traveler and bibliophile Richard Curle, 1883-1968. In his early career he wrote leaders for such newspapers as The Pretoria News (South Africa), The Rangoon Times (Burma), and The Daily Mail (London). He also wrote articles for other newspapers and magazines, short stories, and books of fiction and non-fiction. In 1912 Curle was introduced to Joseph Conrad and, as a consequence of their long-standing friendship, much of Curle's writings and correspondence with colleagues and friends reflect his considerable knowledge of Conrad and his works.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Diaries; III. Writings; IV. Miscellaneous; V. Photographs; VI. Printed. An inventory of the collection is available.

Correspondents include: Jerry Allen, Helen Maria Madox (Rossetti) Angeli, Jocelyn Baines, Sir Hugh Charles Clifford, Cyril Clemens, Borys Conrad, John Conrad, Joseph Conrad, Edward Crankshaw, Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, Arthur Ellis, Lenox Fane, Maurice Buxton Forman, David Garnett, Edward Garnett, Fred Bates Johnson, George Ward Price, Harold Ford Rossetti, Theodore Horace Savory, George Jenks Shively, Jordan Herbert Stabler, James Stevens-Cox, Alexander Cockburn Townsend, Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, Cedric Thomas Watts, Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, John Hamilton Wedgwood, Sir Ralph Lewis Wedgwood, Pieter Wenning, Carroll Atwood Wilson, and Thomas James Wise. There are also many letters from his son Adam who was raised by Curle's ex-wife Cordelia Fisher Curle after their divorce in 1922.

The writings include short stories and novels; introductions to books on Conrad, Thomas Hardy and other subjects; and other non-fiction works reflecting Curle's interest in such subjects as natural history, traveling, and book collecting. The collection also contains his diaries dating from 1942-1968 and photographs of himself, family and friends. The miscellaneous section contains personal papers, such as financial, medical and divorce documents, as well as materials pertaining to friends and family including Joseph Conrad, James Stevens-Cox, Cicely Veronica Wedgwood and his brother, James Herbert Curle. Printed materials include an extensive file of clippings of his leaders from the above mentioned newspapers and others, several magazines containing articles by him, clippings of reviews of his books, and articles about him.

Purchase. 1996

Collection size: 7,200 items

Related manuscripts: Curle mss., Curle mss. II, Curle mss. III

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.