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PEN Records

Identifier: GTM-890630

Scope and Contents

A segment of the archives of the London-based international association of poets, essayists and novelists, known as PEN. Comprised of correspondence, manuscripts and some photographs. Includes files regarding contacts with some 40 London embassies; material about the annual PEN Congress which failed to take place in Iran in 1963; and manuscript submissions for a short story contest (circa 1961).


  • 1938 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1950s-1960s


Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University 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 the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Historical Note

PEN was founded in 1921 by Catherine Amy Dawson Scott (1865-1934). Scott was an English writer, playwright and poet. Later in life she became a keen spiritualist. Information about PEN can be found at


6.25 Cubic Feet (7 boxes)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frederick B. Scheetz and Nicholas B. Scheetz, circa 1989.


PEN Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2023-11: Edited for DACS compliance by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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