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TitlePapers of Douglas Garman (1903-1969), communist, writer and educationalist
Extent5 boxes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; correspondence, literary manuscripts
Access ConditionsSome material is restricted; other papers are accessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryDouglas Garman came from Wednesbury, Staffordshire, and was educated at Caius College, Cambridge. He spent the 1920s between London and Paris, and was in Leningrad in 1926. During this period he began to assist in editing The Calendar of Modern Letters, and to contribute articles to it. From 1930-1940 he worked for the publishers Lawrence and Wishart, including a period as editor of The Modern Quarterly. He had strong left-wing sympathies, and from 1940 to 1950 held the position of head of the Communist Party's education programme. His opinions came to be in disagreement with the Communist Party, and he retired to a farm in Dorset, where he continued to write and translate.
Custodial HistoryGarman's papers were sorted and arranged after his death by his widow. The papers were transferred to the University between 1988 and 1991.
DescriptionThe archive reflects Garman's political, literary and educational interests from the 1930s until his death. It includes books, notebooks, miscellaneous notes, articles, pamphlets, letters and newscuttings. Among his papers are notes and ephemera concerning the South Wales Hunger March of 1936, which he reported on behalf of the Daily Worker. His poems survive in manuscript and typescript, including copies of those published in 'The Jaded Hero' (1927). Some posthumous papers are included, evidence of efforts made after his death to collect material for a biography.
MgtGroupPersonal papers
Literary and cultural records
Political and diplomatic papers
MgtSubGroupPrivate papers
20thC literary manuscripts
ArrangementThe material is arranged in nine series, partly by subject matter and partly by type of record.
TermCommunism - Great Britain - History - 20th century
Protest movements - Great Britain - History - 20th century
Political parties - Great Britain
Demonstrations - Wales - History - 20th century
Adult education - Great Britain - History
English poetry - 20th century
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 16 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 16 pp Online: Catalogue accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA212Garman; Douglas (1903-1969); writer and educationalist1903-1969
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