|List of Collections|
|Alfred Gillet Trust Archive|
|Bodleian Libraries Special Collections|
|British Library, London|
|Cory Library, Rhodes University|
|Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of Witwatersrand|
|Free State Archives Depot|
|Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin|
|Johannesburg Public Library|
|Library of Parliament Cape Town Hunt|
|Library of Sommerville College, Oxford|
|Liverpool Bruce Glasier|
|Lytton Family Papers|
|National Archives Depot, Pretoria|
|National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown|
|National Library of South Africa SCCS Extracts|
|National Library of South Africa, Cape Town|
|Sheffield City Libraries, Archives & Local Studies|
|University College London|
|University of Cape Town, Historical Manuscripts|
|War Museum of the Boer Republics Bloemfontein Autograph Collection|
|West Sussex Cobden Unwin|
|Western Cape Archives|
|Women’s Library Autograph Collection|
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Aletta: The Aletta Jacobs collection is extensive and available on microfilm at the Aletta IIVA archive in Amsterdam. Schreiner’s letters to Aletta Jacob are a small part of the collection. There is a finding aid. See http://www.aletta.nu/aletta/eng
Alfred Gillet Trust Archive: Olive Schreiner’s single letter to Alice Clark is part of the private collection of the Clark family, well-known shoemakers. See http://www.clarks.co.uk/HistoryandHeritage_Inthebeginning
Auckland Libraries: Olive Schreiner’s single letter to Sir George Grey is part of the George Grey Collection. Its excellent website provides full information on a helpfully organised set of pages, with the letters component organised in three sections (New Zealand, Maori, International). See http://www.georgegrey.org.nz
Bodleian Libraries Special Collections: Schreiner’s few remaining letters to Frank (or Harriet) Colenso, to Alfred Milner and to Cecil Rhodes are part of the large and well-documented Colenso papers and Milner and Rhodes collections in the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. The website for Special Collections is a mine of information, and detailed finding aids can be accessed online. For the Special Collections generally, see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/libraries/collections
Bristol Unwin: The Jane Cobden Unwin Papers are composed of letters and other materials dating from between 1880 and 1939 relating mainly to Jane Cobden Unwin’s involvement in the Society for Promoting the Return of Women as County Councillors, and the Aborigines’ Protection Society. The collection also contains a number of letters to her husband, the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, including one by Schreiner. There is a detailed finding aid. See http://www.bristol.ac.uk/is/library/collections/specialcollections
British Library, London: The British Library, London, is one of the world leading locations for archival papers across many periods of time, countries and persons. Its fully-searchable website provides detailed information, including a searchable catalogue of its book holdings and also a significant proportion of its manuscript collections. Registered Readers of the BL are able to access and use some non-public areas of the website. Read more...
Carlisle Marshall: The Catherine Marshall papers at the Cumbria Records Office in Carlisle are a very large collection across Marshall’s many political activities, friendships and family connections. The collection holds only one Schreiner item, a signed invitation to a lunch held by the British Dominions Women’s Suffrage Union. There is a finding aid which overviews the collection. See http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives/recordoffices/carec.asp
Colby Lee: There is an extensive collection of Vernon Lee material at Colby College, which is part of its Special Collections. There is one Schreiner letter in the collection. There is a finding aid for the collection as a whole. See http://www.colby.edu/academics_cs/library/special/collections/collections.cfm
Cory Library, Rhodes University: The Cory Library, Grahamstown, is a rich resource for books and archival papers pertaining in particular to the history of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Its website is helpful and its book holdings searchable, although accessing information about its manuscript holdings will require visiting or a detailed email inquiry. Read more...
Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of Witwatersrand: Historical Papers in the Cullen Library is a leading location for accessing archival papers across many periods, organisations and persons in South Africa’s historical and recent past. Many of its collections relate to the period of Schreiner’s activities and constitute a major set of resources for those researching the South African past, including its recent past. It has a helpful and fully-searchable website which provides detailed information, including a fully-searchable catalogue of many of its manuscript collections. Staff are knowledgeable and as its website explains it would be helpful to let them know in advance if a visit is planned. Read more...
Delaware Lasner: The Mark Samuels Lasner collection of a small number of Schreiner letters is part of Special Collections at the University of Delaware. See http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec
Free State Archives Depot: The Steyn collection contains the extensive official and private papers of the last president of the Orange Free State, Martinus Theunis Steyn, and his wife Rachel Isabella (Tibbie) Steyn. It includes many letters from Emily Hobhouse to Mrs Steyn, and among are a handful of letters from Olive Schreiner to Emily Hobhouse; these are handwritten copies made by Hobhouse. There is a detailed finding aid for the Steyn collection. The Renier Collection is also a huge one, and results from the collections activities of Renier himself, and again there is a finding aid. The Wessels collection is small and there is no finding aid. The Free State Archives Depot website is part of the National Archives of South Africa, and this is difficult to use and not very helpful in accessing information, as its search facilities do not cover the large majority of its manuscript holdings. Accessing such information really requires visiting or a detailed email inquiry. A list of holdings is available at the Information Desk and online in the archive. See http://www.national.archives.gov.za
Greene Family: A sub-set of Schreiner’s letters to Alice Greene is held in the private collection of the Greene family heirs, (while others are in the University of Cape Town collections). See John Barham (ed, 2007) Alice Greene, Teacher and Campaigner: South African Correspondence 1887-1902 Leicester: Matador, and (ed, 2010) The Mother and the Maiden Aunt: Letters of Eva and Alice Greene 1909-1912 Leicester: Matador.
Hobhouse Trust: The Hobhouse Trust, Canada, is a private family collection in the possession of its custodian Jennifer Hobhouse Balme, the great-niece and biographer of Emily Hobhouse.
Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin: The HRC, Austin, is one of the world leading locations for archival papers pertaining to literary life and manuscripts across a wide period of time, authors and types of literary production. Its website is detailed and helpful and includes a searchable catalogue of its book holdings and a helpful guide to its manuscript collections. Accessing more detailed information about the HRC’s manuscript collections following searching its website will probably need to take the form of an email inquiry. Online searches are possibly for the most important of HRC’s large number of outstanding manuscript holdings, although this includes only one of those relating to Olive Schreiner. Read more...
Humpherys Bedborough: The letter from Schreiner to George Bedborough is part of the private Legitimation League Collection owned by Professor Anne Humpherys.
Johannesburg Public Library: Morthland Cronwright: Schreiner’s single letter to Morthland Cronwright is part of the collections of the Johannesburg Public Library, and located it its Harold Strange Library of African Studies. See http://www.joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=68&Itemid=9?option=com_content&task=view&id=68&Itemid=9
Library of Parliament Cape Town Hunt: Schreiner’s letters to Albert Hunt are part of the Special Collections of the Library of Parliament. This has the special purpose of facilitating the needs of MPs, Ministers and parliamentary staff. It also holds a wealth of special collections. Access requires a known topic, persistence and a full passport or related official ID information, but is welcoming, helpful and efficient thereafter. See http://www.parliament.gov.za/live/content.php?Item_ID=438
Library of Sommerville College, Oxford: The Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) collection is located in the Special Collections part of the Library of Somerville College, Oxford. Schreiner’s single letter to Vernon Lee is a tiny part of an extensive collection with an excellent finding aid. Special collections are administered separately from the main library and may be consulted by appointment with the Librarian. See http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/217/all/1/Library.aspx
Liverpool Bruce Glasier: Schreiner’s letters are part of the combined John and Katherine (St John Conway) Bruce Glasier collection held in special Collections at the University of Liverpool. The collections webpage is helpful and a detailed finding aid can be accessed from it. See http://sca.lib.liv.ac.uk/collections/colldescs/glasier.html
LSE Passfield: The extensive Passfield (Beatrice and Sidney Webb) collection is part of the Archives Collections held by the London School of Economics. There is one Schreiner letter within the collection. There is a finding aid for the collection. There is an extensive website with good search facilities. See http://www2.lse.ac.uk/library/archive/Home.aspx
Lytton Family Papers: Schreiner’s letters to Constance Lytton are part of the extensive family papers of the Lytton family and are held in the archives at Knebworth House. The family papers overall are fascinating and important ones. See http://www.knebworthhouse.com/index.html
Macfarlane-Muirhead Family: Schreiner’s letters to Robert Muirhead are part of Macfarlane-Muirhead family collection and can be accessed at the Muirhead Papers, Special Collections, University of Glagow Library. For Special Collections, go to http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/specialcollections/ and for the Robert Franklin Muirhead Collection, see http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/specialcollections/
McMaster Russell: Schreiner’s single letter to Bertram Russell is part of the extremely extensive Russell collection at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. The collection is superbly organised and has excellent online search facilities. See http://www.mcmaster.ca/russdocs/russell.htm and for Russell’s correspondence http://www.mcmaster.ca/russdocs/clbr.htm
National Archives Depot, Pretoria: The National Archives Depot is Pretoria is a leading location for archival papers across a wide time-period, organisations and persons with particular reference to the old Transvaal as well as regarding all aspects of national life across South Africa. Its website is part of that of the National Archives of South Africa, and this is both difficult to use and not very helpful in accessing accurate information, as its search facilities do not cover the large majority of its manuscript holdings. Accessing information about its manuscript holdings will require visiting or a detailed email inquiry. A paper copy of its list of holdings is available at the Information Desk in the NAD. Read more...
National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown: The National English Literary Museum is the leading location for collections pertaining to the imaginative and creative writings in English of southern African writers. It holds unpublished manuscripts and drafts as well as proofs, diaries, and private correspondence; all genres of creative or imaginative writing published by Southern African authors: poetry, plays, novels, short stories, diaries, memoirs, journals and travelogues, including books for children; and critical matter about Southern African authors. Its website is helpful but not searchable, so accessing information about NELM’s manuscript holdings will require visiting or a detailed email inquiry. NELM staff are extremely helpful, and NELM itself is an excellent place to visit and work in. Read more...
National Library of South Africa SCCS Extracts: See Major Collections for details of the NLSA in Cape Town. The Extracts are precisely that, many hundreds of snippets mainly in the almost illegible handwriting of Cronwright-Schreiner, with among them a very few remaining ‘actual letters’.
National Library of South Africa, Cape Town: Special Collections at the NLSA provide one of the leading locations for archival papers across many periods, organisations and persons pertaining to the Cape area of South Africa. Its website provides some helpful information, including a non-searchable list of some of its manuscript collections. Accessing information about its manuscript holdings will however require visiting or a detailed email inquiry. Read more...
Newspapers: A collection of letters sent to various newspapers
Ronald Levine: Ronald Levine Collection, Johannesburg: This is a privately-owned collection of Schreiner materials, including the letters accessible in the Olive Schreiner Letters Online and signed copies of Schreiner's books, among other items.
Sheffield City Libraries, Archives & Local Studies: Edward Carpenter Collection, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield City Libraries: The Edward Carpenter Collection is held by Archives and Local Studies, Sheffield City Libraries. Its website is detailed and includes information across its many manuscript collections. Obviously, these are focused on papers and collections with particular local importance. Read more...
University College London: Special Collections at UCL is one of the leading university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. Its website is detailed and includes a searchable catalogue of its manuscript collections. Read more...
University of Cape Town, Historical Manuscripts: Manuscripts & Archives at the University of Cape Town is a leading location for accessing archival papers across many periods, organisations and persons in South Africa’s historical and recent past, with a particular emphasis on the Cape area. Its very helpful and fully-searchable website provides detailed information, including a searchable catalogue of many of its manuscript collections. Read more...
Unknown: A collection of letters whose whereabouts cannot be traced
War Museum of the Boer Republics Bloemfontein Autograph Collection: The War Museum is focused on the South African War 1899-1902; it holds an extensive collection of letters, diaries and other personal writings, although there are no finding aids available. See http://www.anglo-boer.co.za/
West Sussex Cobden Unwin: The Cobden Unwin collection held in the West Sussex County Records Office has one Olive Schreiner letter within it. These papers are part of the widen Cobden Papers, for which there is useful information online. See http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/leisure/explore west sussex/record office and archives/collections and archives/the cobden archives.aspx
Western Cape Archives: The Jeffreys collection holds three Schreiner letters is part of the manuscript holdings of the Western Cape Archives. The online website has some helpful general information, and emails are helpfully responded to but by staff who are not likely to know the details of particular collections, so really a visit is required See http://www.westerncape.gov.za/eng/your_gov/154577
Women’s Library Autograph Collection: Schreiner’s letters to Alys Pearsall-Smith (later Russell) are archived as part of the ‘Literary Ladies’ sub-division of the Autograph Letter Collection strand of the Women’s Library archives. This sub-division contains letters to and from various literary women and covers the period between 1881 and 1959. There is a detailed finding aid. The Women’s Library also has good online search facilities. See http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/ and for searches http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/searchthecollections/
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