Modern Literary Archives

Books, letters and manuscripts

Secret Diary
First page of the original manuscript of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4.
Campton Archive
The literary papers of David Campton, author and playwright

Cartwright Archive
The Reg and Ann Cartwright Archive contains material relating to Reg Cartwright’s illustrations and Ann Cartwright’s stories for children’s books, and also to Reg Cartwright's other commercial work.

Challis Collection
A collection of books and manuscripts on 'Beat' poetry, and correspondence between Chris Challis and other writers, 1980-1996.

Higson Collection
This collection of children's books was donated by Dr. Winifred Higson, the Librarian of the Institute of Education and the School of Education of the University of Leicester between 1949-1973.

Holden Collection
The Caroline Holden Collection of art work illustrating the Adrian Mole books written by Sue Townsend.

Laffan Archive
Kevin Laffan (1922-2003) was a playwright and scriptwriter, probably best known as the creator, in 1972, of ‘Emmerdale Farm’, the ITV soap opera, for which he wrote 262 episodes.

MacColl Papers
Papers of René MacColl (1905-1971) author and journalist.

Orton Archive
The literary archive of Joe Orton (1933-1967).

Laura Riding Letters
Papers of Laura (Riding) Jackson (1901-1991).

Townsend Archive
Books, Stage Plays, Radio and Screenplays manuscripts from the works of the Leicester author Sue Townsend.

Waterman Archive
Literary papers of the poet Andrew Waterman.

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