Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Jameson mss., 1948-1972, are the letters exchanged principally between Storm Jameson, 1897-1986, British novelist, and Mrs. Ruth (Crawford) Mitchell, (Mrs. LeRoy Bradley Mitchell) 1890-1984, social service worker in Czechoslovakia in 1919-1920. The friendship began when Storm Jameson and her husband, Guy Patterson Chapman, 1889-1972, publisher, professor of history, and author of a bibliography of William Beckford, joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty as visiting professors in 1948. The letters portray their concern in matters pertaining to Czechoslovakia, the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the Vietnam Conflict, and such individuals as Wystan Hugh Auden, Marcia (Gluck) Davenport, Lilo Linke, and James Barrett Reston. Further the letters reflect their love for America and their own peripatetic existence in England and France.

Included are a talk by Miss Jameson given to the Czechoslovak Room Committee, University of Pittsburgh, Masaryk Birthday Commemoration, March 7, 1949: preliminary typed draft with corrections, 5 pages, and final typed draft, 6 pages; and the manuscript of Why I Can't Write about America, published in the New York Times Magazine, March 27, 1949: preliminary typed draft, carbon with corrections, 8 pages, and final typed draft, 6 pages.

A group of clippings giving biographical information, reviews of books, and published articles complete the collection.

Collection size: 72 items

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