Finding Aid for the Dorothea Conyers Papers MS.2002.004

Finding aid by Jacque Giebel
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street
Los Angeles 90018

Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Title: Dorothea Conyers Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.2002.004
Physical Description: 3.55 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Date (inclusive): about 1900-1950
Abstract: This collection consists of typescripts and manuscripts of many of the works of 20th century Irish author Dorothea Conyers.
Physical Location: This collection is stored at the Southern Regional Library Facility. Please contact Clark Library staff at least 2 weeks in advance if you would like to view the materials in this collection.
Language of Material: English .


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

The Clark Library owns the property rights to its collections but does not hold the copyright to these materials and therefore cannot grant or deny permission to use them. Researchers are responsible for determining the copyright status of any materials they may wish to use, investigating the owner of the copyright, and obtaining permission for their intended publication or other use. In all cases, you must cite the Clark Library as the source with the following credit line: The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothea Conyers Papers, MS.2002.004, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

The contents of this collection were a 2002 purchase by the Clark Library (MS.2002.004).


Dorothea Conyers was born in Fedamore, Co. Limerick as Dorothea Spaight Blood-Smyth (1873-1949). She married her first husband, Charles Conyers, an army officer who was killed in action, in 1892. In 1917, John Joseph White became her second husband. Dorothea Conyers is known for her humorous and lively stories of Irish sport. Some of her well-known works consist of her first book, The Thorn Bit (1900), Lady Elverton's Emeralds (1909), a crime story with hunting passages; For Henri and Navarre (1911) a historical tale, The Boy, Some Horses and A Girl: A Tale of An Irish Trip (1903), a comedic story of Irish servants and a competition among three men to win an heiress with a desirable house and stableyard in the west of Ireland, and Sporting Reminiscences (1920), which can be considered the best source of information on her career.
(source: "Conyers, Dorothea" The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction. Sandra Kemp, Charlotte Mitchell and David Trotter. Oxford University Press 2002. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. UC - Los Angeles. 26 May 2011)
[Note: There have been numerous dates found for Conyers' birth but the one listed here was taken from her Library of Congress Name Authority Record.]


This collection has been arranged by title of work where possible and chapters have been organized in numerical order. The majority of the contents have not been identified and there did not appear to be any particular original order when the collection arrived at the Clark.

Related Materials

The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library owns about twenty-three of Conyers' published works. These have been catalogued and are searchable using the UCLA Library Catalogue.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of typescripts and manuscripts of many of Dorothea Conyers' works. Some of the identified works include Come On (Box 1), Blind (Box 1 and 8), The Cheat (Box 1), Strange Adventures of a Great Detective (Box 1), The Fortunes of Evadne (Box 6), Rooted Out (Box 9), A Legacy (Box 8), Substitutes (Box 9) and The Beach Shadow (Box 9). There is also an abundant amount of unknown fragments of various works. A small amount of correspondence exists, but the bulk of the materials are in the form of Conyers' manuscripts.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hunting -- Ireland -- 20th century
Authors, Irish -- Manuscripts
Manuscripts (document genre) -- Ireland -- 20th century
Correspondence -- Ireland -- 20th century.
Typescripts -- Ireland -- 20th century
Fishing -- Ireland -- 20th century

Box 1, Folder 1

Come On Ch. 1-4

Box 1, Folder 2-3

Grey Brothers and Others 1927

Box 1, Folder 4

Blind Ch. 1-4

Box 1, Folder 5

Blind Ch. 5 & 6; 11 & 12

Box 1, Folder 6

Blind Ch. 13-16

Box 1, Folder 7

Blind Ch. 1-10

Box 1, Folder 8

The Cheat Ch. 1-7

Box 1, Folder 9

The Cheat Ch. 8-15

Box 2, Folder 1-5

Unidentified Works

Box 2, Folder 6

Photograph found in the Clark's copy of Peter's Pedigree, (*PR6005.045.P48), pg. 127.

Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence and Unidentified Works

Box 3, Folder 2-7

Unidentified Works

Box 4, Folder 1-7

Unidentified Works

Box 5, Folder 1-8

Unidentified Works

Box 6, Folder 1

The Fortunes of Evadne Ch. 8-11 1935

Box 6, Folder 2

The Fortunes of Evadne Ch. 12-14 1935

Box 6, Folder 3

The Fortunes of Evadne Ch 15-16 1935

Box 6, Folder 4-9

Unidentified Works

Box 7, Folder 1-4

Unidentified Works

Box 7, Folder 5

Unidentified Works and an Excerpt from The Adventures of Gerry 1924

Box 7, Folder 6

Unidentified Works and an Excerpt from Rufus

Box 7, Folder 7

Unidentified Works

Box 8, Folder 1

Unidentified Works and an Excerpt from A Legacy

Box 8, Folder 3-7

Unidentified Works

Box 8, Folder 8

Unidentified Works and Excerpts from Blind

Box 8, Folder 9-11

Unidentified Works

Box 9, Folder 1

Unidentified Works and Excerpts from Substitutes

Box 9, Folder 2

Unidentified Works and Excerpts from The Beach Shadow

Box 9, Folder 3

Unidentified Works

Box 9, Folder 4

Rooted Out Ch. 2-4 1923

Box 9, Folder 5

Rooted Out Ch. 5 1923

Box 9, Folder 6

Rooted Out Ch. 6; 8 & 10 1923

Box 9, Folder 7-8

Unidentified Works