Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

FAINLIGHT MSS.

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Inventory

I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS.

Note: Government documents and materials created by Harry Fainlight or related to his life preceding his public emergence as a poet [1935-1958]. Includes correspondence from this time period.

Box 1
  • Government records
  • Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School (2 folders)
  • Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (2 folders)
  • Post-university employment search and teaching
  • Television advertisement scriptwriting work (2 folders)

II. CORRESPONDENCE.

Note: Personal, legal, and professional letters both written by and received by Harry Fainlight. Correspondence of Harry Fainlight includes correspondence exchanged between Harry Fainlight and Ruth Fainlight, and between Harry Fainlight and Leslie and Fanny Fainlight.

Correspondence of Harry Fainlight

  • Harry Fainlight to Leslie Fainlight
  • Harry Fainlight to Ruth Fainlight (3 folders)
  • Harry Fainlight to Ruth Fainlight and Alan Sillitoe
  • Harry Fainlight to Panna Grady
  • Harry Fainlight to Alan Sillitoe
  • A – Z surname to Harry Fainlight (4 folders)
  • Unknown surname to Harry Fainlight
  • A – Z surname classified advertisement respondents to Harry Fainlight
Box 2
  • Harry Fainlight's letter drafts (9 folders)

Correspondence of Ruth Fainlight

  • A-Z surname to Ruth Fainlight (2 folders)
  • Unknown surname to Ruth Fainlight
  • Ruth Fainlights drafts and copies

Correspondence of Leslie and Fanny Fainlight

  • A-Z surname to Leslie and/or Fanny Fainlight
  • Unknown surname to Leslie and/or Fanny Fainlight
  • Leslie Fainlight's drafts and copies

III. POETRY MANUSCRIPTS AND TYPESCRIPTS.

Note: Handwritten and typed papers as well as handwritten notepads. Handwritten and typed papers are intermingled to maintain the original order of these materials. Occasionally includes creative writings that are not poetry.

  • (5 folders)
Box 3
  • (4 folders)

IV. POETRY NOTEBOOKS.

Note: Handwritten poetry notebooks that often include contact information, reminders, etc. on last pages. Occasionally include other creative writings and letter drafts. A complete list of poetry notebooks is available that includes Harry Fainlight's description of the time period or location of writing.

  • May 1950–1951
  • 1951–1958
  • December 1958–1959
  • 1961
  • Circa. 1968
  • Circa. 1960s
  • February 1971–May 1971
  • June 1971–August 1971
  • August 1971–1971
  • February 1972–May 1972
  • September 1972–November 1972
  • August 1972–June 1973
  • August 1974–December 1974
  • June 1975–1975
Box 4
  • January 1976–May 1976
  • June 1976–September 1976
  • August 1977–1977
  • February 8, 1978–October 1978
  • 1978
  • February 7, 1979–1979
  • Circa. late 1970s
  • May 15, 1980–March 1981
  • April 1981
  • September 1981
  • November 1981
  • April 1982–1982
  • Undated with locations
  • Undated (2 folders)
Box 5
  • Undated (5 folders)
V. POETRY COLLECTIONS.
  • City: A Sequence of Poems
    • Draft of City: A Sequence of Poems
  • London: A Book of Poems
    • Duplicates of poems chosen for London: A Book of Poems
    • Draft of London: A Book of Poems

VI. PERSONAL WRITINGS. Scope: Reflections or arguments on various topics.

  • (9 folders)

VII. PHOTOGRAPHS.

  • Fainlight family
  • Harry Fainlight and friends
  • Harry Fainlight's trip to Europe with Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School
  • Harry Fainlight's trip to Majorca in the mid-1950s
  • Den Cottage
  • Miscellaneous photos by Harry Fainlight

VIII. PUBLICITY.

  • Advertisements for Harry Fainlight's events
  • Advertisements and newsletters for other cultural events
  • Classified advertisement materials
  • International Poetry Festival at the Royal Albert Hall poster, 1965
  • Newspaper and newsletter clippings (2 folders)
Box 6

IX. FINANCIAL.

  • (2 folders)

X. EPHEMERA.

Note: Items used and kept by Harry Fainlight such as ticket stubs, money, postcards, appointment reminders, business cards, notes, flyers, poetry, reminders, and correspondence between other persons.

  • (1 folder)

XI. POSTHUMOUS.

Note: Materials about Harry Fainlight that Ruth Fainlight gathered after his death and materials relating to her work on his posthumous publications.

Selected Poems

  • Poems chosen for Selected Poems
  • Duplicates of poems chosen for Selected Poems
  • Ruth Fainlight's introduction to Selected Poems
  • Ruth Fainlight's draft of Selected Poems
  • Publisher's draft of Selected Poems

A Group of Poems

  • Stephen Spender's introduction to A Group of Poems
  • Ruth Fainlight's draft of A Group of Poems

Additional

  • Commemoration event advertisements
  • Indexes of Harry Fainlight's poetry
  • Newspaper and newsletter clippings (2 folders)
  • Writings about Harry Fainlight
  • Miscellaneous

XII. AUDIO-VISUAL.

  • Audio-cassettes (4)
  • Floppy disk of Harry's poems (1)
  • Slides (25)

XIII. REALIA.

  • Baseball glove
  • Map of Brighton & Worthing District
  • Mozart Sheet Music, 1946
  • Postcard record of walking tour, 1953
  • Velvet cap

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.