StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number ORWELL/K
TitleOrwell Papers: Eileen Blair papers
DescriptionPapers, [1920s]-1967, of and relating to Eileen Blair: legal documents, comprising certified copies of certificates of her birth (1905) and death (1945), 1965, 1967, and of her will, 1945; personal papers, comprising miscellaneous notes and typescripts [1920s] and undated, O'Shaughnessy family snapshots, 1938-1939, and papers relating to her burial, 1945; a letter from Marjorie Dakin to Eileen and Orwell, 1938; letters received, 1937-1941, from various correspondents including Georges Kopp (Orwell's commanding officer in Spain), Arthur Clinton (one of Orwell's comrades in Spain), and the Independent Labour Party, concerning events in Spain; letters from Eileen to members of the O'Shaughnessy and Blair families, 1937-1938; letters from Eileen to various correspondents, 1937-1938, 1945; miscellaneous other correspondence of the O'Shaughnessy and Blair families, 1937, 1948-1949 and undated.

Letter from Orwell to Eileen Blair, written in pencil on pages torn from notebook plus typescript of the same, [1937] 6pp.

Letter from Eileen to Orwell, [Feb/Mar] 1945
Letter from Eileen to Orwell, 21 Mar 1945
Letter from Eileen to Orwell, 29 Mar 1945.
Extent1 box
AdminHistoryBorn in South Shields, 1905; educated at Sunderland High School; won a scholarship to St Hugh's College Oxford; received a degree in English, 1927; taught in a private girls' school; worked at a succession of temporary jobs; studied educational psychology at University College London, but did not complete her Master's degree; met Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell), 1935; they were married, 1936; visited Spain and Morocco with Orwell; worked for the Ministry of Food on a broadcast, The Kitchen Front, 1942-1944; adopted a child, named Richard Horatio Blair, 1944; died during an operation, 1945.
ArrangementLetters relating to Spain are stored with Orwell Papers: Spanish Civil War material (Ref: C). Letters from Orwell are stored with Orwell Papers: letters from Orwell (Ref: G). Letters from Eileen Blair to Orwell are stored with Orwell Papers: letters to Orwell (Ref: H).
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
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