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Harman Grisewood papers 3

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS338

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

This collection comprises the third accession of the papers of Harman Grisewood (1906-1997), and contains primarily correspondence from family members. Of particular interest is the series of letters from Grisewood's father, Lt. Col. Harman Grisewood, written from 1936 through 1946, from Nicosia, Cyprus, where the family owned a farm in the mid- to late 1920s until the end of the Second World War. Grisewood recalls life with his family in Cyprus during the earlier of these years in chapter 3 of his autobiography, "One Thing at a Time." There are also lengthy series of letters from Grisewood's mother, Lucille Cardozo Grisewood (datespan 1936 to 1950); and from his brother Gabriel Grisewood (datespan 1936 to 1981).

An avid genealogist, Harman Grisewood both collected information and wrote about his family's lineage. The collection includes correspondence and printed material regarding the ancestry of the Grisewood, O'Connell, and Winch/Wynch families (Box 2, folders 18, 19, 20).

Biographical information on Harman Grisewood can be found in the scope notes of the two preceding accessions of the Harman Grisewood Papers, as well as at Contemporary Authors Online (Gale 2002). Obituaries and memorial tributes written by friends were published by the following newspapers (available online): 1. E.C. Hodgkin -- Obituary in "The Independent (London)," Gazette section, p.16, January 20, 1997. 2. Fiona Maccarthy -- "Harman Grisewood: Voice and Visionary of Radio Culture," in "The Guardian (London)," Features section, p.19, January 11, 1997. 3. Leonard Miall -- Obituary in "The Independent (London)," Gazette section, p.18, January 10, 1997. 4. General obituary in "The Times (London)," Features section, January 11, 1997. 5. Article on memorial service in "The Times (London)," Features section, March 1, 1997.

See also the autobiography by Harman Grisewood, "One Thing at a Time," (1968), which covers the period from early childhood through 1956, with reminiscences of early years in Oxfordshire, student days at Oxford University, life in Cyprus in the mid to late 1920s, and friendships with David Jones and others including Charles and Tom Burns, Rupert Hart-Davis, and Wilfred Rooke Ley.


  • 1898-1991
  • Majority of material found within 1936-1981

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Biographical notes

See notes to Harmon Grisewood Papers 1 and 2.


1.04 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger Document Cases, 1 Hollinger Slim Document Case.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sabina Bailey, August 2007.

Harman Grisewood papers 3
Lisette Matano, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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