Document ReferenceLa H
TitlePapers of Muriel May Holbrook, 1904-1974, in the D.H. Lawrence Collection
Extent1 box
AbstractThe collection includes correspondence from D.H. Lawrence and others, as well as photographs and picture postcards and literary items by May Holbrook.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers. Use of originals restricted for preservation reasons. Readers are, in most cases, expected to use surrogate copies.
Admin HistoryMuriel May Holbrook (1883-1955) was a member of the Chambers family of Haggs Farm, Underwood, near Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, where D.H. Lawrence was a regular visitor. Lawrence was friendly with the entire Chambers family, but particularly close to May's sister Jessie Chambers. Muriel May Chambers married William Holbrook of Moor Green, Eastwood and subsequently emigrated with him to Saskatchewan, Canada, where she became a teacher. She wrote a number of short stories, mainly with an autobiographical base.
Custodial HistoryThis collection was gifted to the University of Nottingham Library by Muriel's husband William Holbrook in 1974. It has close associations with the Chambers group in the Lawrence Collection (La Ch) which contains further items by May Holbrook.
DescriptionThis group comprises correspondence to May Chambers from D.H. Lawrence (mainly in the form of postcards), dating from 1905 to 1914. From the same period are postcards from her sister Jessie Chambers and Helen Corke. A series of photographs and picture postcards includes both local scenes and ones from abroad.

A group of illustrative materials consists of several undated postcards of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and photographs taken at various houses, including some family images. There are some miscellaneous letters to William Holbrook (Muriel's husband) from friends and associates in Canada and the United States (1953-1957) following his wife's death. Typescripts of two short stories by Mrs Holbrook, her marriage certificate and a letter (1961) from a Canadian archivist concerning her teaching career are also present.
MgtGroupLiterary and cultural records
MgtSubGroupD H Lawrence
ArrangementThe Collection has been arranged into series of correspondence, arranged by writer, photographs, postcards and material relating to Mrs Holbrook's life. A single numerical sequence is used.
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 7 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 7 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.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA377Holbrook; Muriel May (1883-1955); Mrs; née Chambers1883-1955
NA377Holbrook; Muriel May (1883-1955); Mrs; née Chambers1883-1955
NA367Chambers; Jessie (1887-1944); childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence; known as 'Muriel'; married John R. Wood 19151887-1944
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
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