Gilbert Collection

MS45/6 - Postcard Depicting Giant's Causeway (23-02-1918)

MS45/6 - Postcard Depicting Giant's Causeway (23-02-1918)

MS/45/8/1 - Soldier’s Service and Pay Book Stephen Gilbert’s service book relating to his service in the Reserve

MS/45/8/1 - Soldier’s Service and Pay Book Stephen Gilbert’s service book relating to his service in the Reserve

MS45/8/3 - Certificate of Discharge Certificate of Discharge for Gilbert, having been appointed to a Commission. 13 December 1940

MS45/8/3 - Certificate of Discharge Certificate of Discharge for Gilbert, having been appointed to a Commission. 13 December 1940

MS45/3/6/1 - ‘While All the World is Tumbling Down’

MS45/3/6/1 - ‘While All the World is Tumbling Down’

MS45/5/1 - Photograph Album which belonged to Stephen Gilbert (photographs 17-22)

MS45/5/1 - Photograph Album which belonged to Stephen Gilbert (photographs 17-22)

The Gilbert Collection comprises draft autograph and typescript manuscripts of novels and short stories, proof copies and quires, correspondence, notes, synopses, draft speeches, draft poems, juvenilia, school reports, photographs, scrapbooks, and postcards of Stephen Gilbert. The correspondence includes letters written by authors such as a Walter de la Mare, George Buchanan, Forrest Reid and E M Forster.

Strengths

The Gilbert Collection is strong in terms of draft autograph and typescript manuscripts of novels and short stories, proof copies and quires, correspondence, notes, synopses, draft speeches, draft poems, juvenilia, school reports, photographs, scrapbooks, and postcards. The correspondence includes letters written by authors such as a Walter de la Mare, George Buchanan, Forrest Reid and E M Forster.

The mechanics of, and inspiration behind, the act of creative writing is well demonstrated within the collection. The process of writing is often sharply debated in letters, and creative processes are further illuminated in the heavily revised and densely annotated drafts of works, both published and incomplete. Notebooks and transcriptions evidence the research, memory aids, and layered construction inherent in crafting prose, as notes and jottings are added to skeletal plotlines and chapter headings.

The bonds and tensions between Gilbert, and the author Forrest Reid (MS44) are also apparent within his personal papers. The two writers were friends, but being separated by almost four decades, it was a relationship of mentor and protégé, and at times, a difficult friendship.

The collection also holds complete drafts of unpublished novels such as ‘The Bloody City’ and ‘Dear Granny and Sweet Child’, also known as ‘Granny Carson’s Sex Fantasy’ .

Physical characteristics

Collection of paper based materials and photographs.  60+ draft works, 150 items of correspondence, 70 items of juvenilia, 100+ postcards, 40 draft poems, 2 photograph albums and 2 scrapbooks, plus assorted other documentation.

Description or Catalogue

Created

1915
1974

Collected

1915
1974

Coverage

1915
1974
Custodial History

Received by Special Collections, Queen’s University Belfast from the Gilbert family. Transferred to Special Collections 2008. The Stephen Gilbert Collection was purchased from the Gilbert family in 2007.

Accrual
Accrual Policy
Closed
Accrual Method
Donation
Accrual Periodicity
Irregular
Added by Queen's University Belfast | Last updated on: 09 February 2018