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Sylvia Dobson papers, 1934-1992
1989  
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Box 1, Folder 1

Notes on H.D. Letters. 1934-1988.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Introduction to notes, letters concerning first meeting with H.D., the begining of her treatment in psychoanalysis and her work on the manuscript Demolition and photocopied letters.
Box 1, Folder 2

Notes on H.D. Letters. 1935-1937.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Notes and letters discussing Sylvia's rejected manuscript, the journal Life and Letters, astrology, a trip to Denmark, the crowning of King George VI and her service to Basque refugees from the Spanish Civil War.
Box 1, Folder 3

Notes on H.D. Letters. 1938-1940.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Notes and letters discussing the outbreak of World War II, Sylvia's enlistment and eventual exit from the Land Army, friends and colleagues fleeing countries of Nazi occupation, a visit from May Sarton.
Box 1, Folder 4

Notes on H.D. Letters. 1942-1943.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Notes and letters discussing the London Blitz, poetry readings in London and the United States entry into World War II.
Box 1, Folder 5

Notes on H.D. Letters. 1944-1947.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Notes and letters discussing rationing, bombings, D-Day, Life and Letters quarterly, astrology, visits with Perdita (H.D.'s daughter), the death of the Dobson's nanny, H.D.'s mental breakdown, the publication of Sylvia Dobson's poetry collection, "Appointment with 7"
Box 2, Folder 1

Notes on H.D. Letters. 1948-1951.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Notes and letters discussing the death of Frances Gregg (one of H.D.'s long term lovers), visiting H.D. in Greece, Perdita's marriage and a holiday in Ascona.
Box 2, Folder 2

Notes on H.D. Letters. 1952-1961.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Notes and letters discussing the death of Sylvia's analyst, multiple visits to Spain, relationship with Enid, letters from Bryher concerning H.D's illness and eventual death.
Box 2, Folder 3

Folders. 1988.

Physical Description: plastic folders with labels

Scope and Content Note

Folders marked, meant to contain letters in original arrangement (with notes) - separated from materials upon deposit.
Box 2, Folder 4

Clippings. 1982-1989.

Physical Description: newsprint

Scope and Content Note

Book review for Writing for Their Lives: The Modernist Women 1910-1940 by Perdita Schnaffer (H.D. and Bryher's daughter) from New Directions for Women - July/August 1989. Book review for H.D. Life and Work of an American Poet by Margaret Drabble from the Sunday Telegraph, November 7, 1982.
Box 2, Folder 5

On Not Bulldozing Xanadu (unpublished autobiography). 1992.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Pages 1-133.
Box 2, Folder 6

On Not Bulldozing Xanadu (unpublished autobiography). 1992.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Pages 134-253.
Box 2, Folder 7

On Not Bulldozing Xanadu (unpublished autobiography). 1992.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Pages 254-314.