Scope and arrangement
The papers document Anthony's personal and professional life, primarily from his departure from England in 1968 up to 1984, and have been organized into two series, Personal Papers and Professional Papers.
The Personal Papers (1957-1980) consist of correspondence between Anthony and his family and in-laws and also with friends such as the Caribbean literary critic Kenneth Ramchand. The correspondence with family and friends from 1968-1971, in particular, discusses the social, political and racial climates in the Caribbean, Brazil and England. Included in this series is a diary kept by Anthony in 1968 as he travelled from England to Brazil. There are also financial records included in this series.
The Professional Papers consist of correspondence to and from Anthony during his employment (1972-1984) with the National Cultural Council of Trinidad and Tobago. Correspondents during this perioad include Eric Williams, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. There is also correspondence with publishers which both document Anthony's writing career as well as the evolution of the book publishing industry between 1967 and 1984. As the primary publisher of Anthony's work, the correspondence with Andre Deutsch, Ltd. is particularly important; it includes correspondence between Anthony and his editor, Diana Athill.
Also in this series are contracts, royalty statements, criticism and reviews of Anthony's work, holograph manuscripts in the form of notebooks, and typewritten working drafts with handwritten corrections, of Anthony's fiction and non-fiction writings.