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Papers of Barbara Burford
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This series contains draft copies of many of Barbara's literary works, including Patterns, Gennis, The Threshing Floor, Trooping of the Colour, Elysian Fields, Dreen, Finders Keepers, Martha, The Way She Walks, A Widow Born and a collection of Poetry.


This file contains one bound draft copy of Barbara's play Patterns, and some loose pages from drafts of the play. Patterns is a play that examines women's labour. It was commissioned by Changing Women’s Theatre, and performed in 1984 at the Drill Hall Theatre in London.

Third Draft

This copy of "Elysian Fields" contains a lot of Barbara's notes and revisions. In this copy the central character of the piece is called Jenner and is male.


This file contains a collection of Barbara's typed-up and hand-written notes on different subjects and themes.

The Threshing Floor

This is a draft copy of "The Threshing Floor", a piece of prose fiction about a woman coming to terms with the recent death of her partner. This copy contains Barbara's annotations and notes for revision.


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.

Second Draft

This copy contains minimal notes and revisions, largely just grammar and spelling corrections.

Untitled Piece of Prose

A copy of the first chapter of an untitled piece of prose fiction. It is unclear whether or not it is by Barbara. The chapter revolves around the theme of family, focussing particularly on a woman named Beatrice, her cousins and her aunt.

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