Sylvia Dobson papers, 1934-1992

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Title: Sylvia Dobson papers
Collection number: 1989
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1934-1992
Abstract: Sylvia Dobson was a schoolteacher and a close friend of the modernist and imagist poet Hilda Doolittle. This collection contains their correspondence as well as some research materials concerning Hilda Doolittle.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Dobson, Sylvia

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sylvia Dobson Papers (Collection 1989). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7347715 

Acquisition Information

Provenance unknown. This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) and the UCLA Library.

Processing History

Processed by Stacy Wood, 2012
The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) and the UCLA Library. These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.

Biography

Sylvia Dobson was born in 1908. She was a schoolteacher as well as an aspiring writer and is a well known correspondent and friend of the modernist and imagist poet Hilda Doolittle. They had a brief courtship followed by a long friendships lasting almost thirty years.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence between Sylvia Dobson and Hilda Doolittle, as well as some research materials concerning Ms. Doolittle.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Related Material

An astrological chart drawn by Sylvia Dobson can be found in the H.D. Papers at the Beinecke Library.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Dobson, Sylvia -- Archival resources.
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886-1961 -- Archival resources.

Container List

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.