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Frank Kurt Cylke Collection

Identifier: GTM-060101

Scope and Contents Note

The Frank Kurt Cylke Collection contains materials concerning the life and works of Arthur Ransome, the noted English author of children's adventure stories. The collection includes printed materials about Ransome and a few letters from Cylke about his personal collection of Ransome items. The documents date between 2000 and 2005. The collection is preserved in one box (0.25 linear feet).

The Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections also houses the Arthur Ransome Collection (0.5 linear feet) which was also donated by Frank Kurt Cylke. The Booth Family Center for Special Collections also holds a large number of books by Arthur Ransome.


  • 1999 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off-site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical Sketches

Arthur Ransome (1884-1967), famed English author of children's adventure stories, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He studied science at Yorkshire College, but he decided to embark on literary pursuits. He moved to London in 1902, and he published a wide array of writings. In 1907, he published his first major book, "Bohemia in London." Ransome moved to Russia in 1913, where he studied folktales. From 1915 to 1929, he worked as a newspaper correspondent in Russia, Latvia, and Estonia. Ransome traveled widely as a correspondent for the "Manchester Guardian." Ransome is best remembered for his series of children's book about sailing adventures. The novel "Swallows and Amazons," published in 1930, was his first in a series of 12 children's books.

Arthur Ransome died on June 3, 1967 in Cheadle, near Manchester.

[Source: "Encyclopedia Britannica Online."]

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Frank Kurt Cylke (b. 1932) is a noteworthy librarian and an avid collector of Arthur Ransome materials. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Cylke received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in 1954 and a Master of Library Science from the Pratt Institute in 1957. He did postgraduate work at Georgetown University.

Cylke worked as a librarian at a number of institutions, including the Graham-Eckes School, the Bridgeport Public Library, the New Haven Public Library, the Providence Public Library, and the U.S. Office of Education. From 1970 to 1973, he served as the director of the National Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress. He also taught at the graduate library schools at the University of Rhode Island and Catholic University.

[Source: "Who's Who in America." 63rd ed., 2009, p. 1088.]


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Frank Kurt Cylke Collection
Scott S. Taylor. 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

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057