|Content Description||Colin Wilson retained the majority of his literary and personal archives at his home in Cornwall. The books and papers were kept in the house and in a number of sheds on the property. Since the early 1980s, Wilson's bibliographer Colin Stanley has been organising and collating information about the papers and the papers themselves.|
The bulk of the collection comprises drafts, proofs and other copies of Colin Wilson's published and unpublished literary works. Often there are several versions of each of the books, illustrating the development and changes made before the final version was published. These have been arranged and numbered according to Stanley's Bibliography.
There is an extensive series of correspondence spanning the 1940s to shortly before Wilson's death in 2013; however it is most complete from the 1970s to about 2000. The letters are predominantly about Wilson's work, but there does not appear to have been any attempt to separate them into business and personal, and the series includes letters from friends and family as well as publishers, agents, fans and other literary figures. The other main series of personal papers is the diaries and journals ranging from the 1950s to the 1970s. These are part personal diary and part notebook for ideas, quotes and book outlines.