Series 1
Personal papers, 1986-2009
Boxes 1 - 2 and BV 1

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of correspondence, financial and legal records, and photographs. The correspondence primarily includes letters of a personal nature from friends, correspondence with publishers and editors, invitations to appear at readings and book festivals, and letters from fans. Frequent correspondents include Irish poet Dennis O'Driscoll and English poet Anthony Thwaite, who wrote to Duffy about their personal lives and ongoing work. There is a large amount of correspondence from May 2009 congratulating Duffy on her selection as the British Poet Laureate, including one from David Cameron, the future prime minister of the United Kingdom. The legal records in the series consist primarily of contracts and agreements between Duffy and publishers. There are a few photographs in the series of Duffy and her daughter Ella Benson, along with an honorary degree from the University of Keele.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by record type.

Box Folder Content
1 1 Caricatures of Carol Ann Duff, October 10, 1992
1 2 Contract for services, Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council (Wolverhampton, United Kingdom), June 2000
1 3 Correspondence, 1986-1998
1 4 Correspondence, 1999
1 5 Correspondence, 2000-2003
1 6 Correspondence, 2004-2005
1 7 Correspondence, 2006-2008
1 8 Correspondence, 2009 January-April
1 9 Correspondence, 2009 May
1 10 Correspondence, 2009 June-December
2 1 Correspondence, no date [1 of 3]
2 2 Correspondence, no date [2 of 3]
2 3 Correspondence, no date [3 of 3]
2 4 Doctor of Letters, University of Keele (Keele, United Kingdom), July 8, 2003
2 5 Invoice, Guardian Media Group, "Poem for Diana," 1997
2 6 List of contacts, no date
2 7 Memorandum of agreement, Anvil Press Poetry, The World's Wife, 1997
2 8 Memorandum of agreement, The Poetry Can (Bristol, United Kingdom), October 1999
2 9 Memorandum of agreement, The Young Vic Theatre (London, United Kingdom), October 1, 2004
2 10 Nametags, 2009, no date
2 11 Page proof of award announcement, The British Art Medal Society, circa 2009
2 12 Photographs, Carol Ann Duffy, 1993 and no date
2 13 Photographs, Ella Benson, no date
2 14 Poet laureate introduction, 2009
2 15 Poets in the Waiting Room, correspondence and meeting minutes, 2004
2 16 Questionnaire, The Guardian, December 1999
2 17 Request for design submissions, Cow Parade Manchester (Manchester, United Kingdom), 2004
BV1 - Scrapbook, letters and drawings from children's book groups for Red House Children's Book Award shortlist nominee The Tear Thief, 2008
2 18 Scrapbook, Quilt Museum and Gallery, 2008
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