Kyllmann Correspondence Queen's University Belfast
Collection

Identifier

MS 18/19

Description

Collection of 133 manuscript and typescript letters from 34 correspondents to Otto Kyllmann (d. 1958), senior partner of the publishing firm, Constable & Co., with typescript copies of 16 of his letters to various correspondents, and one note in his hand; the whole collection spanning the period 1900-1957 and arranged chronologically. Correspondents include the former British Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947) and James Ramsey MacDonald (1866-1937), the diplomats, Robert Gilbert Vansittart (1881-1957) and Sir Horace Rumbold (1869-1941), and the journalists and writers, Charles Whibley (1859-1930), Henry Spenser Wilkinson (1853-1937) and James Garvin (1868-1947). 10 letters from the suffragette writer, Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936) to Kyllmann can also be found. Subjects discussed in the letters relate principally to publishing and literary matters with passing comments on personal relations and current affairs of the time. One particular strain concerns the increasing unease felt by some in regard to political developments in Germany during the 1930s and the rise of Adolf Hitler. Letters from Kyllmann's cousin,, Dr Walter Simons (1861-1937), President of the German Supreme Court at this time, are particularly enlightening. The collection also contains a number of additional miscellaneous papers relating to Whibley, Wilkinson, Simons and Vansittart, with three Reuters News sheets, June 1934

Strengths

The strength of this collection lies in the series of letters written to Kyllmann during the first half of the 20th century. A mixture of business and personal matters and observations, the letters provide a valuable insight into life during this time.

Physical Characteristics

Approx. 165 items consisting mainly of correspondence and other text-based documents

Languages

English;German

Collection Type

Collection.Library.Text.Special

Accrual

Policy: Closed   Method: Donation;   Periodicity: Closed

Access

The collection is available for reference only under supervised access in the Special Collections Reading Room at The McClay Library. Further information is available here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections 

Visitor access to The McClay Library

Legal Status

Queen's University Belfast has legal ownership of this collection.

Description or Catalogue

Helen Waddell Collection (MS18) compiled by Mary T. Kelly (QUB, 1981): http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/SpecialCollections/Manuscripts/#d.en.607220


Manuscripts webpage

Publications Note

Archive Collection Only

Collector

Name

Kyllmann, Otto (d. 1958)

Role

Publisher

History

Senior partner in the London publishing firm, Constable & Co. during the early 20th Century.



Location

Name

Queen's University Belfast

Address

The McClay Library
10 College Park
Belfast

BT7 1LP

Website

http://www.qub.ac.uk/lib

Access Control

The McClay Library operates a controlled entry system.  Members are required to use their Queen’s staff, student or library card to obtain admission. 

Information for visitor access to The McClay Library for researchers not affiliated with Queen's is available from the Library website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/lib

Visitor access to Special Collections & Archives is detailed here http://www.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections

Administrator Role

Librarian

Phone

00442890976333

Email

rascal@qub.ac.uk

Owner

History

Resident - Banbridge, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Niece of the academic, Helen Waddell (1889-1933).