Series 1
Correspondence, 1959-1997
Boxes 1-56

Scope and Content Note

The Ted Hughes papers contain extensive files of correspondence dating from 1959-1997. The largest part of this correspondence is located in Series 1, though letters related to specific projects or activities may also be found in the subject files located in Series 5. Over the years, Hughes maintained different systems of filing for these letters. For many years he maintained an alphabetical correspondence file which contained letters from friends and colleagues with whom he had sustained correspondence. This alphabetical arrangement has been preserved in Subseries 1.1. Subseries 1.2, Business correspondence, includes correspondence with his publishers Faber and Faber, Harper and Row, as well as correspondence related to his work on behalf of the Arvon Foundation. Subseries 1.3 contains general correpondence that was not alphabetized by Hughes. Letters from individuals for whom there was an existing alphabetical file in Subseries 1.1 have been moved to that subseries. Hughes also received a large amount of correspondence from children responding to his children's books. These letters may be found in Subseries 1.4. Holograph or typescript drafts of letters written by Ted Hughes or photocopies of outgoing letters by him are located in Subseries 1.5. Correspondence both to and from Ted Hughes acquired from other sources can be found in Series 10. Any correspondence that was found on the verso of works was photocopied and added to this series, with a note on the bottom of the photocopy as to where the original correspondence is located in the collection.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five subseries: (1.1) Alphabetical correspondence files, (1.2) Business correspondence, (1.3) General correspondence, (1.4) Children's correspondence, and (1.5) Ted Hughes' correspondence.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions also apply: writings by Ted Hughes (including letters) may not be reproduced without the written permission of Carol Hughes.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Subseries 1.1, Alphabetical correspondence files, letters written by Janos Csokits and Daniel Weissbort are restricted and require the permission of the copyright holder in writing in order to be examined. Letters from Seamus Heaney are closed to researchers. In addition, other selected letters are also restricted without the permission of the copyright holder.

Scope and Content Note The Ted Hughes papers contain extensive files of correspondence dating from 1959-1997. The largest part of this correspondence is located in Series 1, though letters related to specific projects or activities may also be found in the subject files located in Series 5. Over the years, Hughes maintained different systems of filing for these letters. For many years he maintained an alphabetical correspondence file which contained letters from friends and colleagues with whom he had sustained correspondence. This alphabetical arrangement has been preserved in Subseries 1.1. Subseries 1.2, Business correspondence, includes correspondence with his publishers Faber and Faber, Harper and Row, as well as correspondence related to his work on behalf of the Arvon Foundation. Subseries 1.3 contains general correpondence that was not alphabetized by Hughes. Letters from individuals for whom there was an existing alphabetical file in Subseries 1.1 have been moved to that subseries. Hughes also received a large amount of correspondence from children responding to his children's books. These letters may be found in Subseries 1.4. Holograph or typescript drafts of letters written by Ted Hughes or photocopies of outgoing letters by him are located in Subseries 1.5. Correspondence both to and from Ted Hughes acquired from other sources can be found in Series 10. Any correspondence that was found on the verso of works was photocopied and added to this series, with a note on the bottom of the photocopy as to where the original correspondence is located in the collection.

Description of Subseries

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