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St. Anne's House Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-70

Scope and Contents

This archive has four series: Administrative Files, Correspondence, Miscellanea, and Publications. Items are arranged chronologically within the folders.

The Administrative Files consist primarily of meeting minutes and agendas from various St. Anne’s councils, but also include reports from the Commission into the Working of St. Anne’s House, and materials relating to St. Anne’s art, music, and drama clubs.

The Correspondence series contains letters between Father Patrick McLaughlin and Dorothy L. Sayers. Several other folders of correspondence relating to St. Anne’s were removed from this archive and placed in the Dorothy L. Sayers Papers. See the “related materials” listing below for more details.

Miscellanea includes various clippings and drafts of unidentified items by Sayers, and the Publications series contains the constitution, events listings, and annual reports from St. Anne’s.


  • Created: 1941-1958
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950-1957


Conditions Governing Access

Copies or publication of materials by Dorothy L. Sayers require permissions from the Sayers Literary Executor.

Biographical or Historical Information

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 included in this archive is: Lot 292, vii and xi (folder 17a)


1.00 box : 21 folders

0.5 Linear Feet

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This archive contains materials relating to  St. Anne's House, an Anglican organization formed with the goal of bringing the Christian faith into dialogue with aspects of modern culture--with particular emphasis on reaching out to the artistic and intellectual communities of London. Dorothy L. Sayers was an active member of St. Anne's House and a strong supporter of its mission. At  her death in December 1957, Sayers's ashes were placed under the tower of St. Anne's in Soho.

Source of Acquisition


Related Publications

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

The Dorothy L. Sayers Papers, containing additional correspondence with Patrick McLaughlin, and several folders of correspondence removed from this archive (see folders 25, 46, 101, 161, 196, 284, 594-604).

The Religious Drama Society Archive (A-65, folder 2 contains contents removed from the St. Anne’s materials)

Selections from the Wade Center Article File:

"A Charles Williams Series at St. Anne’s House." Edinburgh (October 1950). (AF-12620)

"Obituary: Patrick McLaughlin." The Tablet (August 6, 1988): 914-915. (AF-12479)

anonymous. "A Service of Holy Communion to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the death of Dorothy L. Sayers." (St. Anne's Soho) (December 17, 1997): 12 pp. (AF-16092)

anonymous. "St. Anne's House, Soho." Church Times (12 January 1951). (AF-14417)

Hacking, R. D. "St. Anne's, Soho." Life of Gilbert Shaw. (Mowbray). (1988): 64-67. (AF-6309)

McLaughlin, Patrick. "Dorothy L. Sayers 1893-1957." Christian Drama (Spring 1958): 11-13. (AF-5278)

McLaughlin, Rev. P. and Sayers Dorothy L. "St. Anne's Church, Soho." The Times (London) (August 8, 1953): 9-a. (AF-3781)

McLaughlin, Rev. Patrick. "The Battle in St. Anne's." Dorothy L. Sayers Society (February 1989): 1-10. (AF-6307)

McLaughlin, Rev. Patrick. "Dorothy and I." Dorothy L. Sayers Society (February 1989): 1-19. (AF-6306)

McLaughlin, Rev. Patrick Norah Lambourne and Barbara Reynolds. "Dorothy L. Sayers As We Knew Her." Dorothy L. Sayers Society (March 1989): 1-25. (AF-6305)

[Sayers, Dorothy L. "St. Anne's Day 26th July, 1957." St. Anne's House Soho: Report (London: Council of St. Anne's House). (October, 1957): 6-10. (AF-11042)

Sayers, Dorothy L. and McLaughlin Rev. P. "St. Anne's Church, Soho." The Times (August 8, 1953). (AF-12785)

Sayers, Dorothy L. et. al. "Saint Anne's Day." (26 July 1957). (AF-6308)

St. Anne's Society. "Aims and Methods." (AF-11118)

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

Some materials were removed and placed in the Dorothy L. Sayers Papers, and in the Religious Drama Society archive (folder 2). There is an acquisitions file for this collection. 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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