Elliott O'Donnell - The Author's Archive of Letters, Manuscripts and Ephemera, with a Collection of First Editions


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Elliott O'Donnell's [hereafter OD] personal archive comprising some letters, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and a dozen books. This is an extensive collection, the majority from OD's own archive, but with some seemingly supplemental items added. Highlights include OD's first published story, a collection of photographs and slides, ghost case letters, OD's passport, OD's luggage tag from the ill-fated SS Elbe, and his ARP warden's shoulder patches. There's a lengthy (c50 pages) catalogue outline. The current offering hasn't been reconciled with the 50 page catalogue, but a cursory view seems to show a comparison - in fact, the only thing I've not found that is in the catalogue is a lock of OD's hair. Here follows my description of the catalogue, which is much briefer than the 50 page catalogue. I have counted the individual items but the numbers will vary a little, likewise the content of the individual items. The books, I suspect are mostly not from OD's library, certainly most have Alex Bridge's plate (and there's nothing I've found to suggest that they came from OD's library). These are likely later additions to the collection. The majority of items, the books excluded, are short in nature comprising a few leaves. 

Manuscripts and Proofs 

- Copy of the Danetrian for Oct 1895 with Legends of the Cascades by OD - his first published story. 
- 4pp Typescript for The Fifth Stepping Stone by OD 
- 3pp Holograph lyric MSS for The Sculptor's Secret by OD 
- 6pp holograph mss for Gilliat's adventures. Mrs Panther's School 
- 3pp Typed MSS with corrections "The Uncle Ghost Story" - has the name Francesca Harnickell at the end, but references OD family members in the story. Possibly by OD. 
- 1pp Typescript "The White Slave Traffic IV" - fragment 
- 3pp manuscript (extract?) - 4pp holograph mss for Beach Hauntings 
- 4pp typed mss for In the Hands of the Nazis - 7pp holograph mss for [???] after death 
- 4pp holograph mss for The Haunted Hand-Gate - 9pp loose sheets holograph mss 
- 4x 1pp ALS from OD 
- 2 x 1pp TLS from OD 
- 2 x 2pp TLS from OD 
- 4 minor mss 
- 2pp autograph mss 
- 12pp autograph notes 
- 4pp TLS probably OD 
- 2x Commonplace Books 
- c30pp Exercise book containing autograph notes on the Edalie Case 
- Long Galley Proof for The Dual Brain and the Psychic by OD 
- Proof Sheet (?) for newspaper printing of The Wicked Worm of Lambton Well 
- Long Galley Proof for Spirit Embodiment in the Vegetable World and In Inert Bodies 

Books 

- The Dead Riders - in jacket with ALS 
- Murder at Hide and Seek - signed, probably OD's own copy, no jacket 
- Dinevah the Beautiful - no jacket 
- Haunted Churches - in jacket 
- Haunted Highways and Byways - in jacket 
- Family Ghosts - in jacket 
- The Irish Abroad - in jacket 
- Jennie Barlowe - no jacket, signed, lib sticker 
- Ghosts in London - in jacket, 
- The Meaning of Dreams - no jacket, signed 
- Women Bluebeards - in jacket, 
- Famous Curses - in jacket 
- 1 x Misc Books/Booklets Letters (mostly to OD, numbers have been counted but may be out slightly), 

Ephemera and Miscellany 

- 4pp ALS to OD from Maud Gonne 
- 5 Items relating to the theatre including a contract between OD and Eva Dare, and OD with the St James Theatre 
- 30+30+32 Letters to OD relating to ghosts (seemingly) 
- 93 Letters relating to publishing, including agency letters and a couple of contracts 
- 45 Items (letters to OD, printed material, articles, family tree, photos) relating to the OD family tree 
- 78 Items (letters to OD, printed material and a photo) relating to the OD clan in the US 
- 16 Letters to OD relating to an OD family reunion (so mostly from other ODs) 
- 17 Letters and documents to OD relating to the Harrison family 
- 277 Misc Letters to OD (some are grouped responses to OD's requests about hauntings) 
- 11 Receipts / Invoices / Personal Items 
- 9 Misc Envelopes - A Quantity of Clippings 
- A Quantity of Misc Documents 
- 19 Items relating to Henry OD (OD's father), primarily letters 
- 11 Letters to OD from a Winifred Lex (i.e. the Lex Hauntings) 
- 7 Letters to OD from a nephew 
- 160 Misc letters to OD (relating to Alma Road house / family matters / accounts) 
- 79 Photographs, various subjects, some of OD including a baby photo, others of relatives and homes etc. 
- 1 Luggage Tag for ship to NYC with another White Star Liners programme 
- 1 Sketch of OD 
- 17 Flyers 
- 11 Items relating to the ARP (Air Raid Protection) including two uniform badges 
- 29 Letters and Receipts relating to societies 
- 24 Photographic Slides 
- 182 Letters to OD (some from OD, probably copies) relating to lectures/talks/media appearances 
- 1 Scrapbook filled with clippings about OD 
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