Acquisition of the Clarke Collection: A Unique D.H. Lawrence Archive

David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930) was a prolific writer of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, essays, and criticism. To this day, he remains one of the most influential writers whose work has put forth great influence on 20th century fiction.

The collections include printed editions of his writings, literary manuscripts, correspondence by and about him, a small number of artworks, newspaper cuttings, reports, photographs and a wealth of supporting secondary sources. It spans the whole of Lawrence’s lifetime, continuing with correspondence between his sister and friends in the years following his death. His most renowned works include Sons and Lovers, the Rainbow, and Women In Love, all of which draw on his early life experiences in Nottinghamshire.

You can view the collection as part of a designated DH Lawrence Collection at Nottingham University.

Draft poem My Love, My Mother (1911.)
Draft poem My Love, My Mother (1911.)
  • Draft poem My Love, My Mother (1911.)
  • Sketch by Lawrence’s elder brother depicting the two siblings together
  • Artist's palette used by Lawrence at Santa Fé, New Mexico (c.1922-1925)
  • Poncho believed to have been worn by Lawrence at Santa Fé, New Mexico (c.1922-1925)
Applicant: 
University of Nottingham
Location: 
Manuscripts and Special Collections, Kings Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, Nottingham, TN15 0NT
Region: 
East Midlands
Grant awarded: 
£278,400
Year awarded: 
2017

Personal archive of 20th century author DH Lawrence saved

The University of Nottingham has acquires the last major collection of personal materials of controversial author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Sons and Lovers and Women in Love. The archive is a unique treasure trove of intimate items including family correspondence; diary entries; notebooks; personal papers; & items of clothing. Formerly in private ownership, it represents the last major collection of personal materials Nottingham’s most famous literary son.