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Greville MacDonald Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-123

Scope and Contents

The Greville MacDonald Papers archive is divided into four series: George MacDonald Centenary, Publisher Correspondence, General Correspondence, and Documents.

The George MacDonald Centenary series contains letters concerning the publication of Greville’s biography of his father, George MacDonald and his Wife in 1924, and the coinciding centenary celebration of George MacDonald’s birth. This series ranges from December 1922 to March 1925. Almost all of the letters are addressed to Greville MacDonald from various correspondents.

The Publisher Correspondence series contains letters written between Greville MacDonald and his publisher, Allen and Unwin, Ltd. This series extends from January 1923 through December 1924, and includes approximately sixty letters, most of which concern the publication of Greville MacDonald’s book, George MacDonald and His Wife, and various republishing matters for George MacDonald’s previously published works. Most of the letters are exchanged particularly between Greville MacDonald and Stanley Unwin.

The General Correspondence includes a variety of letters written by or addressed to Greville MacDonald, or concerning him to some extent. With the exception of a few typescript excerpts of letters addressed to his parents in 1848, all of the 31 letters fall between 1871 and 1936, with a large concentration of letters in 1934.

The Documents series contains various sets of notes either on lectures or on works of literature. Many of the notes have been reviewed and re-annotated in a different color of ink, or in pencil. Some subjects of the note collections are as follows:

- “Areopagitica” – notes on various philosophical or ethical topics including virtue, civil liberty, and the censorship of books (most likely relating to the speech by Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England)

- “Idealists whose idealism has proved practical!” – mentions Columbus, John Ruskin

- Collections of quotes from other authors, such as “Milton on Rash Marriage” There is no discernible date for the material in this section.


  • Created: 1848-1935
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1910-1935



1.00 box : 10 folders

0.3 Linear Feet

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This archive contains letters and documents relating to Greville Matheson MacDonald (1856-1944), the son of George MacDonald.

Source of Acquisition

80/54, 80/83, 94/8, 03/125

Related Materials

Researchers interested in this archive may also wish to consult the following resources in the Wade Center holdings:

George MacDonald Family Papers – a letter collection

Wade Center Article File – articles by and about Greville MacDonald

Books by Greville MacDonald in the Wade Center:

MacDonald, Greville. "The Child's Inheritance: Its Scientific and Imaginative Meaning." London: John Murray, 1910.

---. "Count Billy." New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1928.

---. "The Ethics of Revolt." London: Duckworth and Co., 1907.

---. "George MacDonald and His Wife." London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1924.

---. "Jack and Jill: A Fairy Story." London: J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd., 1913.

---. "The Magic Crook or the Stolen Baby." London: The Vinyard Press, 1911.

---. "The Religious Sense in Its Scientific Aspect." London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1904.

---"Reminiscences of a Specialist." London: George Allen & Unwin, 1932.

---. "The Sanity of William Blake." London: A.C. Fifield, 1908 and George Allen & Unwin, 1920.

---. "The Tree in the Midst: a Contribution to the Study of Freedom." London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1904.

---. "Trystie's Quest, or, Kit King of the Pigwidgeons: a Fairy Story." London: Vineyard Press.

---. "The Wonderful Goatskin: Being a Tale of Saint George in the Fourth Century A.D." London: The Epworth Press, 1944.

Other materials in the Wade Center holdings may relate to the topics in this archive. See the archivist for further research assistance.

Additional materials relating to Greville MacDonald held by The Museum of English Rural Life and University of Reading Special Collections, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX (see Publisher Correspondence series for additional notes):

- AU FSC 23/148: Allen and Unwin 1917-19 letters file M-Marg (1917-1919)

- AUC 9/1: Letters to and from Greville Macdonald (1923-1924)

- AUC 18/16: Letters to and from Greville Macdonald (1927)

- AUC 28/4: Letters to and from Greville Macdonald (1931)

- AUC 37/8: Letters to and from Greville Macdonald (1933)

- AUC 45/16: Allen and Unwin 1935 letters file L-M (1935)

- AUC 62/28: Allen and Unwin 1939 letters file MacA-MacK (1939)

Other Descriptive Information

There is an acquisition file for this collection (03/125). There is a research copy of this collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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Wheaton IL 60187-5593 US