Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts and typescripts by and about the author, correspondence from, to, and about the author, financial and legal documents, portraits, and pictorial works. The manuscripts and typescripts include novels, stories, plays, and essays by the author, including the holograph of "The Secret Sharer" and the typescript of "Victory," as well as essays, reviews, bibliographies, and notes on his works by Richard Curle, Wilson Follett, Ford Madox Ford, John Galsworthy, Cecil Thomas Wood, and others. The correspondence, dating from 1885 to 1924, includes letters from the author to J. M. Barrie, Sir Sidney Colvin, J. M. Dent, Ford Madox Ford, Edward Garnett, W. T. H. Howe, James B. Pinker, T. Fisher Unwin, Catherine Willard, and others. Also present are letters relating to the author, dating from 1900 through 1956, between various correspondents including Georges Aubry, Sir Sidney Carlyle Cockerell, Sir Sidney Colvin, Norman Douglas, John Galsworthy, Christopher Morley, Bertrand Russell, Clement King Shorter, Thomas James Wise, J. M. Dent & Sons, William Heinemann, Ltd., Metheun & Co., James B. Pinker and Son, T. Fisher Unwin, and others. There are letters to Conrad from Mary Austin, Richard Curle, J. M. Dent and Sons, Doubleday, Page & Co., Ford Madox Ford, George Gissing, Basil Macdonald Hastings, Henry James, George Keating, Rudyard Kipling, Clement King Shorter, T. Fisher Unwin, and others, dating from 1896 to 1923.
The Joseph Conrad collection of papers are arranged in four series: