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Edmund Blunden Papers

Identifier: MsC0829

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Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of eight series. Series I is comprised of correspondence, listed by name of correspondent, whether the letter is to or from Blunden. The letters are assumed to be from Blunden to the correspondent unless otherwise noted. There are several letters from and to third parties and this is noted in the entry. Series II is made up of essays written by Blunden. Series III is Miscellaneous, which contains such things as transcriptions of other writers' poetry by Blunden and a bibliography of Blunden's works. Series IV is an inventory of the pamphlets. These pamphlets are not shelved with the collection, but rather they are shelved with the Blunden books. Series V is made up of about forty photographs, mostly showing Blunden in intimate scenes, such as with his family at tea. Paul Engle and Somerset Maugham appear in photos with Blunden. Series VI is comprised of Blunden's poems, mostly handwritten in Blunden's meticulous script. Series VII is made up of reviews and Series VIII is speeches.

The University of Iowa Special Collections Department also houses a collection of Blunden's books.


  • Creation: 1918-1982


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


6.00 Linear Feet (Photographs Series V, Box 7)

Language of Materials



Correspondence and manuscripts of the British scholar and poet.

Physical Access Requirements

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Method of Acquisition

Gift of Edmund Blunden beginning in 1964.

Related Materials

Please refer to External Documents to see Blunden's web site which includes a chronology and bibliography.

See Loveman, Samuel. Collection of 24 letters concerning John Clare. Special Collections, MsL L9116co.

Other Descriptive Information

Though the pamphlets are shelved with the books, the inventory appears in the finding aid for the papers. jlr 12/2007

Code for looking in InfoHawk: BLUN

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)