Document ReferenceLa B
TitlePapers of Louie Burrows, 1904-1962, in the D.H. Lawrence Collection
Extent4 boxes
AbstractThe collection contains papers collected by Louie Burrows, the fiancée of D.H. Lawrence from 1910-1912. It includes Lawrence's letters to Louie Burrows, as well as correspondence between Louie Burrows and others, and a small number of literary manuscripts.
Access ConditionsAccess to surrogate copies is available to all readers. Readers requiring access to the original papers must seek permission in advance.
Admin HistoryLouisa ('Louie') Burrows (1888-1962), who served as the prototype for Ursula in Lawrence's novel, 'The Rainbow', grew up in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. She knew Lawrence as a fellow student at the Pupil-Teacher Centre at Ilkeston and at the Day Training College of University College, Nottingham. They became close friends, and were engaged in 1910. After Lawrence broke off the engagement and eloped with Frieda Weekley in 1912, Louie Burrows continued her career as a teacher in Leicestershire. She married Frederick Heath in 1940, shortly before she retired.
Custodial HistoryLouisa Burrows retained her regard for Lawrence throughout her life, and collected material in preparation for a memorial. The papers with document references La B 1 - La B 246 were acquired by the University of Nottingham in 1966, and the papers with document references La B 247 - La B 248 were acquired in 2021.
DescriptionThe bulk of the collection consists of the pre-1912 correspondence from D.H. Lawrence to Louie Burrows, including his period as a teacher in Croydon and the time of his mother's illness and death. Other correspondents include Jessie Chambers, Ada Lawrence and Nina Stewart. Several original Lawrence literary manuscripts are present, together with a small number of letters addressed to Lawrence by various writers.
MgtGroupPersonal papers
Literary and cultural records
MgtSubGroupPrivate papers
D H Lawrence
ArrangementThe collection is arranged primarily by form, into literary manuscripts, correspondence and miscellaneous papers. The correspondence is listed chronologically, by correspondent.
TermEnglish literature - 20th century - History and criticism
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 21 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 21 pp Online: Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. This electronic catalogue supersedes, and is more detailed than the typescript catalogues, and users are advised to refer to the online catalogue in preference to the printed versions.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Publication NoteJ.T. Boulton, 'Lawrence in Love' (Nottingham, 1968) and 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' ed. J.T. Boulton, vol. 1 (Cambridge University Press, 1979).
See item level records for publication references for individual literary manuscripts.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA366Burrows; Louisa (1888-1962); known as 'Louie'; married Frederick Heath 19411888-1962
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA367Chambers; Jessie (1887-1944); childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence; known as 'Muriel'; married John R. Wood 19151887-1944
NA368Clarke; Ada (1887-1948); Mrs; married W.E. Clarke 1913; sister of D.H. Lawrence1887-1948
NA366Burrows; Louisa (1888-1962); known as 'Louie'; married Frederick Heath 19411888-1962
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA74613Stewart; Nina (1886-); student at University College Nottingham 1906- 19081886-
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