Correspondence , c. 1969-2003 and undated
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence, poetry and prose received by Barrie Cooke and original artwork produced by him. The principal correspondents are Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Jean Valentine and John Montage, and their letters along with their poetry and prose are to be found in the archive. There is also a large series of correspondence from poets and artists resident in Ireland, the United Kingdom and America, often consisting of just 1 or 2 letters from each correspondent but showing Cooke's wide circle of friends and interests.
- c. 1969-2003 and undated
Conditions Governing Access
The Archive reading room is open by appointment, Wednesdays-Fridays, but all visits must be booked in advance. We are currently limiting the number of researchers due to social distancing requirements. Photographs may not be taken of the Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes material without the permission of the Estates. The Archivist can provide further information and contact details for permissions. The remainder of the collection may be photographed for private research, subject to UK copyright provisions. Those wishing to publish from the collection should seek advice from the Archivist prior to publication.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
All items are signed 'Jean' except where noted.