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G.B. Tennyson Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-101, B-19

Scope and Contents

This archive contains the will and codicil of Owen Barfield, the manuscript of Barfield’s novel Eager Spring, articles and lectures, correspondence between Barfield, Tennyson, and others, and photographs. All materials are from the personal papers of G.B. Tennyson. These materials are photocopied from the originals which are stored in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England.


  • Created: 1918-2007
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1981-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Any content by Owen Barfield requires permissions for duplication or quoting from the Barfield Estate.

Biographical or Historical Information

Georg Bernhard Tennyson (1930-2007) served as a joint-literary executor for the estate of Owen Barfield. He was emeritus professor of English at UCLA, an eminent scholar of the writings of Thomas Carlyle, and for many years the editor of the scholarly journal Nineteenth-Century Literature.

This archive was sent to the Wade Center by Tennyson's daughter after the house fire which claimed the life of Tennyson and partially damaged the items in the archive. The contents have been cleaned of soot, photocopied, and the originals were sent to the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England in July 2008; Bodleian shelfmarks: Dep. c. 1261-5.


2.00 boxes : 27 folders

0.8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This archive contains original material by Owen Barfield, correspondence, and photographs from the personal papers of G.B. Tennyson, joint-literary executor for the estate of Owen Barfield.

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Related Publications

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

Barfield Manuscripts. Original writings by Owen Barfield in the Wade Center’s holdings.

Barfield Papers. A collection of Barfield-related correspondence in the Wade Center’s holdings.

Wade Center Article File. Contains works by and about Tennyson.

Wade Center Book Collection. Contains works authored and edited by Tennyson.

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. There is a research copy of this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Schmidt

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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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