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E.M. Delafield fonds
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E.M. Delafield fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1164
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910-1963]

Fonds reflects E.M. Delafield's career and interests as a writer and lecturer in the early decades of the twentieth century. Some of the items in the fonds were also made or received by persons related to E.M. Delafield. Textual records in the fonds consist of letters related to Delafield's research and writing on the British author Charlotte Yonge and unpublished manuscripts, plays, short articles, book reviews, and lectures written by Delafield pertaining to her interests in Charlotte Yonge, women, religion, the lives of the British upper class, and other subjects. The fonds also includes clippings, obituary notices, photographs, and records related to the writings of Lorna Lewis. Fonds consists of seven series: Incoming letters; Manuscripts; Lecture notes; Newspaper clippings; Personal photographs; Records related to Lorna Lewis; and Outgoing letters.

Delafield, E.M.

Incoming letters

Series consists of incoming correspondence related to Delafield's interests in theatre, literature, and Charlotte Yonge. Series also includes a general box list of items in the Delafield fonds. The series is arranged alphabetically according to correspondent's last name.

Lecture notes

Series consists of lecture notes on modern fiction, novel trends, writing techniques, books on war, Seattle Commune, minor Victorian novelists, children’s literature and more. It also includes activity lists, itinerary notes and article clippings that are related to Delafield’s lecture preparations.


Series consists of handwritten and typed novellas, short stories, plays, and book reviews relating to the various interests of Delafield. Novellas and short stories include The Favourite, Feats On The Fiord, Shop Window, Feats, Provincial Lay in Wartime, and Straw Without Bricks. Short stories include Soviet Without Comment, To Speak My Mind, and As Others Hear Us, as well as other various articles. Plays include No Fury, Thorny Diadem, and To See Ourselves. Book reviews include Men Have No Imagination, Anglo Francaise, Career, and Why Get Married? and numerous other articles. The series is arranged according to genre. The series also includes a subject file on Charlotte Yonge.

Newspaper clippings

Series consists of newspaper clippings on various plays, short articles, book reviews written by or about Delafield. Also included are her obituaries. Memos accompany some clippings.

Outgoing letters

Series consists of outgoing correspondence related to the publication of Delafield’s works in Time & Tide magazine. Series includes six outgoing letters and two outgoing manuscript articles for publication. The letters are addressed to the staff of the magazine and to the editor. One of the manuscripts is entitled Notes on the Way, and the other is untitled.

Records related to Lorna Lewis

Series consists of the typescript for Delafield's Brides of Heaven sent by Lorna Lewis to the Delafield family prior to the fonds’ donation to UBC Library, and two news clippings pertaining to the writings of Lorna Lewis.