Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence, an undated notebook, legal and financial documents, a sketchbook, and a portrait sketch. The manuscripts and typescripts include articles and essays, poems, and a number of reader's reports sent to the publisher T. Fisher Unwin about various authors. Also included are essays, reviews and notes for essays about Chesterton, in typescript and manuscript, written by W. H. Auden, Max Beerbohm, Sean O'Casey, Bernard Shaw, Ann Wolfe, and Humbert Wolfe. The correspondence consists of letters from the author, dating from 1904 to 1935, to E. V. Lucas, Clement King Shorter, the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, and the literary agency A. P. Watt and Son. The collection also includes correspondence relating to the author, dating from 1896 to 1928, between various correspondents, including Edward Chesterton, Dorothy Collins, H. B. Elliott, Humbert Wolfe, T. Fisher Unwin, A. P. Watt and Son, and the literary agency James B. Pinker and Son. There is one letter to Chesterton from Humbert Wolfe, dated April 19, 1933.
The Gilbert Keith Chesterton collection of papers are arranged in four series: