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Papers of Barbara Burford
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Testimony of a Mill Worker

A copy of "Testimony of a Mill Worker (1832)" by Elizabeth Bentley. The testimony is representative of the evidence gathered to support the passage of the Factory Act of 1833, which sought to improve conditions for children working in factories.

The Way She Walks

This subseries contains one copy of the Way She Walks, a short story about two best friends, Penny and Jenny, who are in love with the same woman. While it is not signed by Barbara, it explores themes common in much of her work and the corrections are in a hand that resembles hers.

The Threshing Floor

The Threshing floor was a novella and collection of short stories. It included "Dreaming the Sky Down", which was the novella, "The Pinstrpe Summer", "He Said...", "Miss Jessie", "Coming of Age", "A Time for Every Purpose" and the title piece, "The Threshing Floor". This file contains draft copies of "The Threshing Floor" and "Miss Jessie".

Research

This subseries contains materials Barbara used to research her various pieces of fiction and non-fiction. It includes articles, photocopies of pages of books, leaflets, as well as Babara's own handwritten and typed-up notes.

Review

A very positive review of Barbara's collection The Threshing Floor by poet Dorothea Smartt for Gay's The Word Review.

Kassandra

Kassandra is a short story by Mary Roscoe. The full title of the item is "KASSANDRA - Another version by Mary Roscoe (with no apologies to Peter Hall)".

Getting Away from It All

Getting Away from it All is a short story about two women who meet while out walking on a misty day in the countryside. The author is unknown, however, the item looks as if it is a photocopy, therefore it is unlikley to have been written by Barbara herself.

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