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D. H. Lawrence Papers

Identifier: AC 131-p

Scope and Content

Collection consists of letters, receipts, business cards, one newspaper clipping, one pamphlet, and several checkbooks found among Lawrence's belongings upon his death in 1930. Four of the letters are to Lawrence: one letter from publisher Edward W. Titus concerning the publication of "Lady Chatterley's Lover;" one letter from Mrs. E. Lahr of the Progressive Bookshop in London concerning newly published books; one letter from the Westminster Bank concerning Lawrence's bank accounts; and one letter from an unknown writer concerning Lawrence's health. Another letter is to Mabel Dodge Luhan from Walter Lippmann discussing possible problems in Lawrence's return to the United States from Europe. Four of the business cards bear Lawrence's name and the newspaper clipping (source and date unknown) comments on the poor health of "banned authors" James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence. The pamphlet is entitled "Petticoat Power" and contains a speech given by Frank Curtin at the Parlor Lecture Club in Fresno, California in 1928. The cover is inscribed "Most Cordial Holiday Greetings to D.H. Lawrence from Frank Curtin." Lawrence was an English writer of the early 20th century who was part of the artist colony of writers, artists, and intellectuals in Taos, New Mexico in the 1920s.

The contents of this collection were retrieved from one small leather grip or traveling bag and one wallet owned by D. H. Lawrence at the time of his death. The Museum of New Mexico acquired this collection after a number of previous private conveyances brought these artifacts to the United States from France.

Material (found in collections) from Aldous Huxley, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Frieda Lawrence, and George Fitzpatrick has been added in April 2004.


  • 1922-1930


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Personal History

David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 to 2 March 1930) was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England the son of a miner. Following an education at Nottingham High School and University College, Nottingham, Lawrence became a licensed teacher at an elementary school at Croydon, near London, at the age of twenty. While vacationing in Germany in 1912, Lawrence met Frieda Weekley von Richthofen and married her two years later in England. Almost simultaneously, Lawrence abandoned teaching to devote all his attention to writing. In the summer of 1922, Mable Dodge Luhan invited Lawrence to visit her in Taos. He accepted and consequently lived in New Mexico periodically between 1922 and 1925. Lawrence died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Vence, near Nice, France in 1930. Three years later Mable Luhan wrote Lorenzo in Taosand Ma Vie Avec D. H. Lawrence (Paris, 1933) both of which reflected upon the life of Lawrence and other intellectuals who had lived in Taos.


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Contact Information

  1. Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Fax:(+)505.476.5053
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Guide to the D. H. Lawrence Papers, 1922-1930
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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090