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Series I. Letters and correspondence, 1906 - 1948


Scope and Contents

Series I. Letters and correspondence consists primarily of letters received by Montague Summers which are enhanced in several instances by the survival of Summers' holographic letter drafts; these correspondences are found primarily in the letters from R.A. Caton of Fortune Press and Greville Poke of Everybody's Weekly, longtime publishers of Summers work. In addition to letters from these and other publishers, such as Victor Gollancz, there are a wide range of letters from Summers' friends and fellow authors and researchers like Frank Algar, S.M. Ellis, Maurice Heine, and Rosalie Muspratt and many letters from Summers' fans and admirers, including appeals for expert assistance in occult matters. Of particular note is series of four letters from best-selling author Dennis Wheatley regarding a stay at Summers' Alresford home, an event documented by Wheatley in his book, The Time Has Come: The Memoirs of Dennis Wheatley. Drink and Ink 1919-1977. London: Hutchinson, 1979. Pp 133-134.


  • 1906 - 1948

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From the Collection: 9.64 Linear Feet (21 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Contents of the letters and correspondence series have been arranged into six files of alphabetic groupings, then alphabetically by correspondent's last name, then chronologically. Hyphenated surnames have been filed by the first surname; corporate and institutional names have been filed by the first word in the name. Longer series of letters from the same correspondent have been grouped into files, arranged chronologically. In the the case of two of Summers' publishers with whom he had long involvement, R.A. Caton of Fortune Press and Greville Poke of Everybody's Weekly, all letters regarding Summers' involvement with either company have been filed under Caton and Poke respectively, along with any corresponding letter drafts written by Summers. A seventh file containing a distinct group of letters from religious houses has been kept seperately at the end of the series. Attachments to letters have been kept with the letters wherever identified and are described here.


Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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