Guide to the Thomas Balston Papers of the Sitwells 1924-1960
Cage 9

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Balston, Thomas
Title
Thomas Balston Papers of the Sitwells
ID
Cage 9
Date [inclusive]
1924-1960
Extent
350.0 items
General Physical Description note
.75 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Letters received from Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell regarding their own publications as well as comments on the literary and social life around them. Included are holograph manuscripts of poems and other works, especially a holograph notebook of Edith Sitwell's verse. Includes music manuscript of William Walton and letter of Constant Lambert.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 9, Thomas Balston Papers of the Sitwells . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Thomas Balston was a partner in Gerald Duckworth & Co., the Sitwells’ publisher.

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Scope and Contents note

Letters received from Edith, Osbert, and Sacheverell Sitwell regarding their own publications as well as comments on the literary and social life around them. Included are holograph manuscripts of poems and other works, especially a 140 p. holograph notebook of Edith Sitwell.

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Arrangement note

The materials are maintained in their original order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1971

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased, 1971, from Dawsons of Pall Mall, London.

Processing Information note

The papers were processed in November of 1971 by Terry Abraham.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Additional Sitwell manuscript holdings at Washington State University Libraries are included in:

Cage 165 Siegfried Sassoon - Papers of the Sitwells, 1918-1957. Contains letters, clippings, postcards and pamphlets from the Sitwells.

Cage 531 Edith, Osbert, and Sacheverell Sitwell Papers, 1917-1972

Cage 534 Nina Hamnett - Papers, 1914-1953. A few letters from Sacheverell Sitwell.

Cage 4669 Ada Leverson - Letters from the Sitwells, ca. 1920- 1935. Letters received from the Sitwells about literary matters and mutual friends.

Cage 4793 Correspondence from Edith Sitwell to Geoffrey Singleton, 1922-1964. 25 items.

Separated Materials note

Included in the acquisition were 44 presentation copies of the Sitwells' books, as well as Balston's Sitwelliana, 1915-1927.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Balston, Thomas. --Archives
  • Lambert, Constant, 1905-1951
  • Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964
  • Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969
  • Sitwell, Sacheverell, 1897-
  • Walton, William, 1902-

Subject(s)

  • Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
  • Literature
  • Poets, English --20th century--Correspondence

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Collection Inventory

Box-folder

Sitwell, Edith. Notebook, 140 p. holograph, signature in front. circa 1927-1928 

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Sitwell, Edith. "Oh the pomp that passed those doors" 58 line poem fragment, published as The Sleeping Beauty. 4 p. holograph, signed. 1924 

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Sitwell, Edith. "Facade" 48 1. holograph. 1925 

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[Walton, William] Polka, 2 1. manuscript score. undated 

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Lambert, Constant. Letter, London, to Balston. undated 

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Sitwell, Edith. "Facade," program for performance at the New Chenil Galleries, Chelsea, [4] l. also leaflet. June 29, 1926 

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Sitwell, Edith. "Springing Jack" [first published, 1919] [2] 1. holograph. 

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Sitwell, Edith. Table of Contents to "Facade" 2 1. holograph signed. 

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Sitwell, Edith. "Tarentella" [first published, 1926] [3] 1. holograph. 

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Sitwell, Edith. "Four in the morning," n.d. [1] 1. holograph. 

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Sitwell, Edith. "Gold Coast Customs," [20] 1. holograph signed. 1928 

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Sitwell, Edith. Letters, 1924-1954, to Thomas Balston. 1924-1954 

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 1924-1925 

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 1925-1926 

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 1927 

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 1928 

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 1929-1930 

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 1931-1932 

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 1933 

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 1935-1936 

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 1944-1954 

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Sitwell, Sacheverell. Letters, to Thomas Balston. 1926-1960 

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 19264-1928 

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 1929 

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 1930-1960 

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Sitwell, Sacheverell. Preface to second edition, [Southern Baroque Art] [3] 1. holograph. July 31, 1927 

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Sitwell, Osbert. Letters, to Thomas Balston. 1926-1946 

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 1926-1927 

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 1928 

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 1929-1930 

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 1930-1931 

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 1932-1946 

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Sitwell, Osbert. The man who lost himself, advertising blurb. [book published, 1929] 1 1. holograph, 1 1. typescript.   2.0 items.

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Sitwell, Osbert. Sacheverell Sitwell. 3 1. holograph signed. 1928 

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Sitwell portraits . 

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Portraits of Osbert Sitwell, all signed by him (one signed: Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, his full name). 1927   9.0 items.

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Portrait of Sacheverell Sitwell, signed by him. 1927 

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Portrait of Edith Sitwell, signed by her. 1927 

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Beerbohm, Max. Mr. Osbert Sitwell watches the Victorians step by, colored  cartoon. 1930 

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Photograph of a  painting of Edith Sitwell undated 

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Photograph of Edith Sitwell, signed: Ken Beaton on mounting. 

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Hitwell, Riccarda [pseud.?] The Cocktail Party. "Given me by Rd. Jennings, 3-2-33, TB" [4] 1. typescript poem. 

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Dawsons of Pall Mall. Excerpt from their catalog describing the Balston Collection of Sitwell manuscripts, letters and books. Lot 29. pp. 52-55 (photocopy). 

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Letters undated 

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Letter to Balston from Rowley 1930 

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Preservation copies of Sacheverell Sitwell letters. (Original in Folders 18-20.) 

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Sitwell, Edith. "Facade" manuscript and related materials. 

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