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Finding Aid for the Norman Douglas Papers, 1879-1952
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Norman Douglas Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1879-1952
    Collection number: 111
    Creator: Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952
    Extent: 17 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: George Norman Douglas (1868-1952) was a British author, scientist, diplomat, and editor. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, corrected proofs, and notebooks related to Douglas' early scientific interests and literary career.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright of unpublished letters by Norman Douglas is owned by the author's estate and represented by the Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB.
    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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 Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of 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

    • Gift of Mrs. Leon Gelber, 1948.
    • Robin Douglas, purchase, 1953 and 1955.
    • Gift of Robin Douglas, 1954-56.
    • Ben Abramson, purchase, 1955.
    • Bertram Rota, purchase, 1958.
    • Beauchamp Bookshop, purchase, 1963.
    • Doris Harris, purchase, 1969 and 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Norman Douglas Papers (Collection 111). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1217862 


    George Norman Douglas was born December 8, 1868 in Falkenhorst, Thuringen, Austria; recognized as British author, scientist, diplomat, and editor; began writing career composing zoological texts while in foreign service; published first work of fiction, Unprofessional tales (1901), under pseudonym Normyx; contributor and assistant editor, English review; best known as novelist and travel writer; greatest American success was with novel, South wind (1917); other novels and publications include Siren land (1911), Old Calabria (1928), Looking back (1933), Late harvest (1946); died on the island of Capri, 1952.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, corrected proofs, and notebooks related to Douglas' early scientific interests and literary career. The bulk of the papers cover his literary career, and correspondents include: Martha Gordon Croutch, Richard Curle, Robin Douglas, Leon Gelber, Frank Harris, William Henry Hudson, Edward Hutton, Frieda Lawrence, Walter Lowenfels, Giuseppe Oriolo, Grant Richards, Martin Secker, Montague Sumners, Reginald Turner, and others. Material related to Douglas's scientific interests (1879-1905) includes correspondence with Georg Albert Boulenger, Albert Girtanner, James Edmund Harting, Franz von Leydig, Hugh Alexander MacPherson, and Margherita Traube-Mengarini.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence (Boxes 1-5).
    2. Manuscripts, notebooks, proofs, clippings, photographs, typescripts, and ephemera (Boxes 6-8, 17).
    3. Limited editions of some of Douglas's works (Box 9).
    4. Books from Douglas' library (Boxes 10-17).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952--Archives.
    Authors, English--Archival resources.
    Scientists--Archival resources.