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Anne Ridler Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-B-1

Scope and Contents

The Anne Ridler Collection consists of seven series.

The Artwork series contains cover art by Lynton Lamb for Three Plays by Charles Williams, as well as various pieces by Anne Spalding. The Charles Williams Society series includes Newsletters from the Society, correspondence, and other related documents from Society work. The Correspondence series contains letters with Ridler and others relating to Charles Williams, including Williams’s wife, Michal.

The Miscellanea series includes some original envelopes found in the collection, a book on reading tarot cards, Charles Williams’s deck of tarot cards (book and cards stored at end of the archive), and other documents. A notebook and various other notes documents by Ridler are stored in the Notes series. The last two series contain Publications and Unpublished Materials about Charles Williams by Anne Ridler and others, including photographs.

An original listing of the materials by Grevel Lindop as they were arranged before coming to the Wade Center is stored in the acquisition file and can be produced upon request.


  • Created: 1920-2011


Biographical or Historical Information

According to the seller of the collection, these materials belonged to Anne Ridler and were passed down to Anne Ridler’s daughter before arriving at the Wade Center in 2013.


1.00 box : 31 folders, 2 objects, 2 photo albums

1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Anne Ridler Collection contains correspondence and other documents relating to the life and work of Anne Ridler, poetess, playwright, and editor. Materials in the collection are primarily focused on Charles Williams.


Stored at end of archive:

Book: The Key to the Tarot: Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of Divination by Arthur Edward Waite. New Edition. London: Rider & Co. Inscription in front of book reads “Anne Ridler from C.W. [Charles Williams] via M.D.! [Margaret Douglas] 1963.”Call no.: BF1879.T2 W35 1920

Cards: Metal Three Nuns tobacco tin containing a set of tarot cards once belonging to Charles Williams. 59 cards.

Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

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

Charles Williams Manuscripts

Charles Williams Papers (a letter collection)

Interview with Anne Ridler, May 29, 1986 (Wade Center Oral History collection, OH / SR-31 & OH / VR-17)

Raymond Hunt Papers

Ridler, Anne. Cain. London: Nicholson and Watson, 1943. (stored in Charles Williams Family library)

Ridler, Anne. “Charles and Michal.” A gift from Anne Ridler to Charles and Michal Williams on Christmas 1933; contains quotes from Dante in Italian and photos of illus.trations of scenes from The Divine Comedy (from the National Gallery, London). (stored in Charles Williams Family library)

Ridler, Anne. Memoirs. Oxford: Perpetua Press, 2004. (stored in book collection)

Ridler, Anne. The Nine Bright Shiners. London: Faber & Faber, 1943. (stored in C.S. Lewis library)

Ridler, Anne. Selected Poems. New York: Macmillan, 1961. (stored in Charles Williams Family library)

Ridler, Anne. The Shadow Factory: A Nativity Play. London: Faber & Faber, 1946. (stored in C.S. Lewis library)

Ridler, Anne. A Taste for Truth: A Conversation with Carole Satyamurti. London: Enitharmon Press, 2001. (stored in book collection)

Ridler, Anne. The Trial of Thomas Cranmer. London: Faber & Faber, 1956. PR6035.I54 T75 1956

Ruth Spalding Collection

Wade Center Book, Article File, and Photograph collections

Specific items were added to the Williams letter and manuscript collections with the acquisition number 17/25 that came to the Wade Center from Charles Williams scholar Grevel Lindop, and were originally in the possession of Anne Ridler. See materials noted as having come from "folder 15" in the Lindop Collection (see in particular, CW / MS-519 thru 532).

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

Other Descriptive Information

There is an acquisition file for this collection. Includes photographs.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Schmidt

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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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