Sayers Family Papers
Scope and Contents
There are 4 series in the Sayers Family Papers archive: Correspondence, Bound Volumes, Certificates, and Various Papers.
The Correspondence series contains letters between members of the Sayers and Leigh families (particularly Dorothy’s aunts and mother), and some correspondence between Dorothy and family friends and old retainers.
Bound Volumes included in the archive are a 1930 diary and signature book from Sayers’s Aunt Mabel, a scrapbook from Sayers’s mother, Nellie Leigh, a notebook recording Henry Sayers’s sermons, and a book of visitor signatures.
The Certificates series pertains mostly to Henry Sayers’s ministry work with certificates relating to his two posts in Bluntisham (1897-1917) and Christchurch (1917-1928).
Various Papers includes materials relating to family wills and accounts, some early family history recollections, and a handful of music scores written by Henry Sayers.
- Created: 1879-1941
Conditions Governing Access
Copies or publication of materials by Dorothy L. Sayers require permissions from the Sayers Literary Executor.
Biographical or Historical Information
The papers in this collection show select family interactions and history from the late 1800s until the 1940s. For additional family information and genealogical charts, see Geoffrey Alan Lee's "The Descent of Dorothy L. Sayers: A Genealogical History" in the "related materials" listing of the finding aid. A copy of this work is stored with the research copy of this archive.
The material in this archive was acquired at auction from Sotheby's in London by the Wade Center in 2000. The original Sotheby's lot(s) included in this archive are: Lot 292 ix, and 300, i. Some materials were removed from this collection and placed in the Dorothy L. Sayers Papers, and in the Sayers Manuscript collection.
2.00 boxes : 24 folders and one boxed oversize scrapbook
0.8 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
This archive contains correspondence, certificates, and other documents and records relating to the family of Dorothy L. Sayers.
Source of Acquisition
Other Descriptive Information
Includes photographs. There is an acquisition file for this collection. Some original pages from folder 20 are stored in the Contaminated Materials box in Fragile Storage due to significant mold damage. Oversize box (A-106) contains Nellie Leigh's scrapbook. There is a research copy of this collection.
Processed by Laura Schmidt
- Sayers Family Papers
- Laura Schmidt
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