Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark

archive

Thins notebook home
childhood
into the world
getting published
first novels
finest work
a lasting impression
archive
in translation
a bibliography


since 1949 onwards I have thrown away practically nothing on paper

('Curriculum Vitae')

 The Muriel Spark archive is unique among the National Library of Scotland's collections of papers of Scottish writers. No other author so deliberately and carefully preserved a record of their life.

The earliest papers date from the 1940s, when Muriel Spark made a decision to keep all kinds of documentary evidence.

The early sparse records of wartime poverty that chart the struggles of an unknown author are joined by scores of diaries, numerous accounts and cheque books, and tens of thousands of letters, growing in number as her fame has risen.

Muriel used the collection extensively to write her autobiography, 'Curriculum Vitae', and it was after the publication of this book in 1992 that the first consignment of papers arrived in the Library. Regular additions are still being made to the archive, and detailed cataloguing work is in progress.

Details of several major additions to the Muriel Spark archive are published in a series of inventory documents, available as PDF files:

  • Accession 10607
    Includes personal papers 1929-1992, with diaries, cheque books, photos, etc.
    View Acc.10607 PDF (48 pages; 150 KB)
  • Accession 10989
    Includes literary manuscripts, research material used for critical works and autobiography
    View Acc.10989 PDF (20 pages; 127 KB)
  • Accession 11231
    Awards and certificates from school to the present day
    View Acc.11231 PDF (3 pages; 51.8 KB)
  • Accession 11620
    Letters from Robin Spark (restricted access to this collection)
    View Acc.11620 PDF (2 pages; 47.2 KB)

Contact us
If you would like to find out more about the Muriel Spark archive at the National Library of Scotland, please email us at manuscripts@nls.uk

 

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