Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, typescripts, and correspondence by and about the author. The manuscripts and typescripts consist of essays, articles, notes for work, poems, synopses, portions of novels, and lectures by the author, as well as poems and articles by Robert Conquest, Eric A. Lockley, Philip O'Connor, Hugh Leslie Perkoff, Hugh Gordon Porteous, Frederic Prokosh, Keidrych Rhys, Francis Scarfe, Ruthven Todd, and George Woodcock relating to the author or previously owned by him. The correspondence consists of letters by the author, dating from 1938 to 1967, to Cyril Connolly, Harold Fisher, Graham Greene, Geoffrey Grigson, and others, as well as a letter relating to the author, dated 1943 from Derek S. Savage to the editors of the Partisan Review. There are letters to Symons from Chatto & Windus in London, Robert Conquest, Eyre & Spottiswoode in London, Harper & Bros. in New York, Herbert B. Mallalieu, Samuel French Morse, Philip O'Connor, George Marion O'Donnell, George Orwell, Hugh Leslie Perkoff, Hugh Gordon Porteous, Guy Pritchett, Frederic Prokosch, Keidrych Rhys, Laura Riding, Derek S. Savage, Francis Scarfe, Lancelot de Giberne Sieveking, Wallace Stevens, Ruthven Todd, Henry Treece, Gladys Weeks, and others dating from  to 1967.
The Julian Symons collection of papers are arranged in three series: