Department of Special Collections
Washington University Libraries
Washington University in St. Louis

Finding-Aid for the Ivy Compton-Burnett Papers (WTU00029)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Ivy Compton-Burnett Papers
Creator: Compton-Burnett, Ivy, 1892-1969.
Extent: 167 items
Call number: WTU00029
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130

Access and Use:
Access Restrictions:


Use Restrictions:

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright to large portions of the collection held by the estate of Ivy-Compton Burnett.

Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff March, 1976. EAD encoded finding-aid complete December, 2001

Preferred Citation:

Preferred CitationIvy Compton Burnett Papers, Washington University in St. Louis


Biographical information on Ivy Compton-Burnett may be found in Contemporary authors, v. 4. For information on Kay Dick see v. 15/16, and on Kathleen Farrell, v. 7/8. Cicely Greig was employed by Compton-Burnett to type her manuscripts.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists primarily of letters and post cards from Compton-Burnett to Kay Dick, Auto. Post Cards Signed, 82, Auto. Letters Signed, 16, and Kathleen Farrell, Auto. Post Cards Signed, 27, Auto. Letters Signed, 2, some items addressed to both, all written between 1947 and 1969. Included is one Auto. Letter Signed from Margaret Jourdain to Kay Dick dated Dec. 16, 1947. The content is largely personal in nature, offering or accepting invitations, conveying information about travel plans, etc. Frequent reference is made to Compton-Burnett's domestic situation and health. Occasional comments concern contemporary events and literary figures including Olivia Manning, Rose Macaulay, Richard Church and Pamela Hansford Johnson, and Compton-Burnett's own work and work habits.

126 items

Also included is one typescript [carbon] of Elders and betters [novel] by Compton-Burnett, [ca.1944], with moderate revision in pencil, bound in limp blue folder.

1 item, 412 pp.

Subject Terms

  • Dick, Kay, 1915-
Contents List
box-folder   1-2/1-12  
I. General Correspondence 1944-68 [series]: (126 items)
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I.1 General Correspondence 1947-48. (9 items)
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I.2 General Correspondence 1949-50. (7 items)
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I.3 General Correspondence 1951. (14 items)
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I.4 General Correspondence 1952-53. (13 items)
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I.5 Correspondence 1954-55. (7 items)
box-folder   1/ 6  
I.6 General Correspondence 1956-58. (7 items)
box-folder   1/ 7  
I.7 General Correspondence 1959. (13 items)
box-folder   1/ 8  
I.9 General Correspondence 1960-61. (9 items)
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I.9 General Correspondence 1962-63. (12 items)
box-folder   1/ 10  
I.10 General Correspondence 1964-65. (13 items)
box-folder   1/ 11  
I.11 General Correspondence 1966-67. (14 items)
box-folder   1/ 12  
I.12 General Correspondence 1968-[n.d.]. (8 items)
II. Greig correspondence, 1947-1968. [series]: (40 items)
box-folder   2/13  
II.1 Greig correspondence 1947-1954 (12 items, 23 pp.)
box-folder   2/14  
II.2 Greig correspondence 1955-1963. (16 items, 31 pp.)
box-folder   2/15  
II.3 Greig correspondence 1964-1968. (12 items, 25 pp.)
III. Manuscripts
box-folder   2/-  
III.1 Elders and betters [novel]. [ca.1944]. (1 item)   
Scope: Ts. [carbon] draft with moderate auto. revision in pencil. Bound in limp blue folder. 1 item, 412 pp.