Patricia Allan-Burns Collection of Eliot Bliss
2011.009

Summary Information

Repository
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Creator - Author
Bliss, Eliot, 1903-
Title
Patricia Allan-Burns collection of Eliot Bliss
ID
2011.009
Date
Approximately 1907-1994, undated
Extent
0.5 Linear feet 1 box
Language
English
Language
These materials are in English.

Preferred Citation note

Patricia Allan-Burns collection of Eliot Bliss. Coll No. 2011.009. McFarlin Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University of Tulsa.

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Biographical/Historical note

Eliot Bliss was born Eileen Bliss in a Jamaican army garrison in 1903. She was educated in convent schools in England before rejoining her family in Jamaica in 1923. In 1925, she left the island for good and returned to England. Her two novels, Saraband (Peter Davies, 1931) and Luminous Isle (Cobden-Sanderson, 1934), are autobiographical, based on her experiences growing up as a child of Anglo-Irish descent in Jamaica. Bliss adopted the first name Eliot because of her admiration for T.S. Eliot and George Eliot.

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Scope and Contents note

Includes proofs and published copies of Bliss's own works, other books from her personal library, correspondence, a manuscript from her mother on a 1907 earthquake, photographs, and ephemera, much of which was used as page markers in her books.

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Arrangement note

Arranged by form of material.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives 2011 Feb.

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa, OK, 74104-3123
918-631-2496
marc-carlson@utulsa.edu

Revision Description

 Finding aid revised by Alison Greenlee. 2012 May

Access

This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased from Maggs Bros. 8 February 2011.

Processing Information note

Collection arranged and described by Milissa Burkart, 2011.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Published books cataloged individually with subject heading Patricia Allan-Burns Collection of Eliot Bliss.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Maggs Bros.

Personal Name(s)

  • Allan-Burns, Patricia
  • Bliss, Eliot, 1903-

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Collection Inventory

 2011.009.1.1 1928-1932   12.0 Items 4 letters, 4 envelopes, 4 documents.

 2011.009.1.1 Correspondence to Eliot Bliss from various individuals; library reader's request forms; Memorandum of Agreement between Eliot Bliss and William Morrow & Co. for her book, Saraband; William Morrow & Co. royalty statement for Saraband. 

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 2011.009.1.2 1933-1950   12.0 Items 7 letters, 3 envelopes, 1 advertisement proof, 1 invoice.

 2011.009.1.2. Correspondence to Eliot Bliss from individuals and publishers and agents; advertisement proof from The New York Times for Eliot Bliss's book, Luminous Isle; invoice for funeral expenses of Lt. Col. J. Plomer Bliss. 

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 2011.009.1.3 1962-1994, undated   13.0 Items 7 letters, 2 envelopes, 1 postcard, 1 Christmas card, 2 sculptor's promotional brochures.

 2011.009.1.3 Correspondence from John to Sylvia; to Eliot Bliss from various individuals and publishers; to Patricia Allan-Burns from Joan Maizels; to Alex, Eva, & Bedelia from Aunt Marty; unidentified correspondent to unknown recipient; Christmas card to Ed from Gladys. 

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 2011.009.1.4 "1907. Being the experience of a Lady during the recent Earthquake of Jamaica, Jan 14th, 1907." 1907   7.0 Pages Typescript with handwritten title page and revisions, signed by Eliot Bliss.

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 2011.009.1.5-9 Ephemera   5.0 Folders

 2011.009.1.5 Peter Davies publisher's announcement for Saraband; promotional brochure for The Times tennis rackets plus typed card noting Event No. 4, championship doubles (ladies) 1st prize, Feb 1914, Jamaica; death notice for General Sir James L. Caldwell of the Royal Madras Engineers, 1863; 2 pieces and 1 envelope of unused stationery with West India Regiment, Up Park Camp, Jamaica letterhead; handwritten poem "Dreams of Childhood" by Helene Dane; photo-postcard featuring the opening to [a well]; addresses scribbled on index card and 1 sheet of paper; various obituaries for Eliot Bliss.   16.0 Items

 2011.009.1.6 Theatre and music recital programs   12.0 Items

 2011.009.1.7 Items removed from Eliot Bliss's books, many of which appear to have used as page markers. Each item has been labeled as to the book title and page from which each was removed.   10.0 Items Items include music recital ticket; library book reservation card; advertisement for the book, Knights of the Air; magazine and newspaper illustrations of Radclyffe Hall.

 2011.009.1.8 Items removed from Eliot Bliss's annotated copy of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Martin Secker, 1924. Scraps of plain paper, used as page markers, were removed from the following pages: 24-25, 38-39, 56-57, 60-61, 66-67, 102-103, 124-125, 140-141, 158-159, 160-161, 166-167, 182-183, 186-187, 198-199, 200-2-1, 202-203, 220-221, 230-231, 234-235, 236-237, 248-249, 252-253, 262-263, 266-267, 272-273, 278-279, 286-287, 294-295, 304-305, 308-309.   10.0 Items Cigarette wrappers, Gruyeres cheese wrapper, newspaper clipping in re Edith Sitwell

 2011.009.1.9 Two hair extensions, originally found wrapped in yellow tissue and housed in a box bearing the label of Wm. Whiteley, Ltd. Coiffeur de Dames, Queen's Rd., London W. Hair extensions are now housed in a separate archival enclosure.   2.0 Boxes

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