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Papers of Barbara Burford
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Papers of Barbara Burford

  • GB 1534 BB
  • Fonds
  • 1976 - 1988

This collection contains records relating to the life of Barbara Burford, including drafts of literary works, research notes, professional and personal correspondence, photographs, memorabilia and cassette tapes.

Burford, Barbara (1944-2010)


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.

Personal Papers

This series contains materials from Barbara's personal life, including photographs, correspondence and an address book.

Professional Papers

This series contains materials from Barbara's career as an author, including research notes, correspondence, and contracts.

Cassette Tapes

This series contains 61 cassette tapes created by Barbara throughout her career as a writer. On them she records her thoughts and ideas for both her fiction and non-fiction pieces, on different subjects, themes and characters.


This file contains a draft copy of each part of "Dreen", a piece of prose fiction set in space, about one family's interaction with the all powerful Dreens who sit at the centre of their administration in the city of G'Heen.


This file contains a collection of 23 postcards sent to Barbara by a variety of different people.


This subseries contains 1 wallet of photographs of Barabara, her daughter and scenes around London, 1 wallet of photographic negatives, and 8 loose photographs.

A Widow Born

This subseries contains one copy of Barbara's A Widow Born, one of Barbara's unpublished works. The text is quite sizeable, however, there does seem to be pages of this copy missing.

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