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Eleanor Murray Watkins Papers

Identifier: MSS-391-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of E. M. Watkins' extensive research on D.H. Lawrence and his contemporaries. There is a 3700 page typescript of excerpts from Lawrence's letters and journals, in addition to chronologies of the lives and works of D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, John Middleton Murry, the Bloomsbury group, James Joyce, and others. Mrs. Watkins' purpose in amassing this material is unknown

This collection is divided into four series of handwritten and typewritten excerpts from other works about the Lawrences and their friends and contemporaries:

The first series, Typescript of D. H. Lawrence Research Notes, consists of E.M. Watkins 3700 page typescript of research notes from various sources about D.H. Lawrence and excerpts from Frieda Lawrence's journals and correspondence.

Series II, Bibliographic Sources and Indexes, consists of an index to people mentioned in the manuscript, a Lawrence bibliography, notes on the bibliography, and three boxes of bibliography and index notecards.

Series III, D.H. Lawrence Friends and Contemporaries, contains material about Lawrence's friends and contemporaries and the literary milieu of pre-1939 England and France. Frieda and D.H. Lawrence were very close friends with Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry, and this series includes material from their journals and letters. Other writers represented include James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Lady Cynthia Asquith, Lady Dorothy Brett, Aldoux Huxley, Virginia Woolf, and Leonard Woolf. Series III also contains chronologies of Lawrence and his contemporaries, drawn up by Watkins about people and events from 1882-1968, as well as Lawrence correspondence and reminiscences of Lawrence by his friends, from previously published sources.

Series IV, Miscellany, contains notes and excerpts from various authors, including Marcel Proust.


  • [ca. 1958-1975?]

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Eleanor Murray Watkins was born in Tingley, Iowa in 1903 and received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in bacteriology from Iowa State University. She married John Hamilton Watkins in 1931 and moved to New Haven, Connecticut where she lived until 1958 when she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Watkins died in 1975.


5 boxes (4.5 cu. ft.)


The collection consists of research notes of E.M. Watkins about D.H. Lawrence, Frieda Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, John Middleton Murry, and other friends and contemporaries of the Lawrences.

Related Archival Material

D.H. Lawrence Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Frieda Lawrence Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the Eleanor Murray Watkins Papers, [ca. 1958-1975?]
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131