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Finding Aid for the George MacBeth Papers, 1950-1964
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George MacBeth Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1950-1964
    Collection number: 994
    Creator: MacBeth, George
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: George MacBeth (1932-1992) is regarded as having a powerful influence on British poetry. His radio programs featured new poets and he was praised for his ability to recognize poetic excellence. He also wrote novels and nearly twenty volumes of verse. The collection consists of typescript and holograph manuscripts of MacBeth's poetry.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Library Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    John Nomland, purchase, 1967.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George MacBeth Papers (Collection 994). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2221095 


    MacBeth was born in Scotland on January 19, 1932; graduated with honors in Classical Greats, New College, Oxford, 1955; worked at British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), London, 1955-76; producer, BBC Overseas Talks Department, 1957-58 and producer, BBC Talks Department 1958-76; regarded as a powerful influence on British poetry, his radio programs featured new poets, winning praise for his ability to recognize poetic excellence; wrote novels and nearly twenty volumes of verse, including The Broken Places and A Form of Words; edited poetry collections, including The Penguin Book of Victorian Verse; received Sir Geoffrey Faber Award, 1964; died in Ireland on February 17, 1992.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of typescript and holograph manuscripts of MacBeth's poetry. Also includes related articles, broadcast scripts, and ephemera.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    MacBeth, George--Archives.
    Radio producers and directors--Great Britain--Archival resources.
    Poets, Scottish--20th century--Archival resources.