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Papers of Francis Meynell

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Meynell's archive of papers in his various occupations, including his years at the Pelican Press (1916-23) and Nonesuch Press (1923-36 and 1952-68, although the papers of what he called 'pre-war Nonesuch' are mostly lost). Further papers related to typographical and other design come from Meynell's work for the Limited Editions Club, the advertising firm Mather and Crowther, the Board of Trade, H. M. Stationery Office, the Post Office, and others. Besides these, the collection contains papers relating to Meynell's mother the poet Alice Meynell and to the poet Francis Thompson; to Meynell's time as a conscientious objector in the First World War, journalist on the Daily Herald, and Communist; to many speeches and broadcasts by him; and to personal affairs.


  • Creation: 1732-1991 (Only a few papers are before 1890 or after 1976.)


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


64 archive box(es) (64 boxes)

1 collection (64 boxes and 7 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



Francis Meynell, My lives (1971) Alix Meynell, Francis Meredith Wilfrid Meynell 12 May 1891-10 July 1975 (privately printed 1976; on the years 1971-5 and on the present collection (p. 11)).
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Repository Details

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