Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, a diary for 1894, an undated notebook, portraits, and pictorial works. The manuscripts include holographs of stories, poems and drafts of poems, plays and play synopses, and autobiographical notes. The typescripts include poems and essays. There is an undated water color sketch of the author by Jack B. Yeats. The correspondence includes letters, from 1901 to , from the author to Leonard Clark, Marilla Waite Freeman, Lady Gregory, Sir Edward Howard Marsh, his typist Ann O'Connor, Grant Richards, Elizabeth Robins, William Butler Yeats, and others. There are also letters, from  to , from Jack Butler Yeats to Ria Mooney, and between various correspondents relating to, or mentioning, the author. There are letters to the author from John Galsworthy, Elizabeth Robins, and others, dating from 1909 to 1910.
The John Masefield collection of papers are arranged in three series: