Photographs, 1860 - 1954
Scope and Contents
A description of each photograph is given with people and places identified as far as possible. Where they add significantly to the detail, the contents of inscriptions are indicated. The names of photographers are given if known. Where dates are supplied from any source other than inscription or stamp, they are enclosed in square brackets. Measurements are given in cm.
The photographs have been placed in chronological order as far as possible, grouped under two main subject headings, 'America' and 'England'. America includes 'Photograph Album' (PH/1-124), 'Portraits of Family and Friends' (PH/125-62), 'St. Louis' (PH/163-94) and 'The Down, Eastern Point, Gloucester' (PH/195-240). England includes 'T.S. Eliot and Vivenne Haigh Eliot' (PH/241-57), 'T.S. Eliot and friends' (PH/258-305), 'T.S. Eliot at public engagements' (PH/306-46) and 'T.S. Eliot portraits' (PH/347-68).
Nos. 1-124, consisting of photographs from the 1870s to the 1920s, remain in a contemporary album where they were placed by Henry Ware Eliot, junior, most of them having been taken by him after 1895. The other photographs were found loose and have been slipped into transparent sleeves in box albums for storage purposes. They are arranged as nearly as possible in their numbered order, but variation in sleeve and photograph size has necessitated slight displacement in some cases. The album page or sleeve number is given at the end of the entry for each photograph. Please note this number as well as the reference number when ordering.
- 1860 - 1954
Conditions Governing Access
The photocopies of letters from John Davy Hayward to T. S. Eliot (reference L/13/1-3) are reserved as a condition of deposit. Permission to read them must be obtained from Faber and Faber Ltd, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA. HB/M/21 is reserved (not available to researchers) under the Data Protection Act.
Biographical / Historical
As a record of his life, the photographs in the Hayward Bequest of T.S. Eliot papers fall into two distinct categories: the first, Eliot's childhood, and his family and forebears in America from the 1860s to 1920s; the second, his public and private life after he moved to England in 1914. Many of the photographs in the first category were taken by Eliot's brother Henry Ware Eliot, junior from the mid-1890s and continued to be sent to the poet once he had settled overseas. This is particularly true of the pictures of family holidays at Eastern Point, Gloucester, Massachusetts from 1895 onwards. Among the second category, several were taken by Vivienne Eliot, by Eliot's friends Geoffrey and Enid Faber and E. McKnight Kaufer, and by commercial photographers for newspaper accounts and official reports of Eliot's public appearances.
1 collection (2 box albums and 1 photograph album) : photographic print
Language of Materials
Photographs are in chronological order as far as possible.
The photos previously catalogued as HB/PH/305A and Misc 30/35 are copies of photos held in JDH/23/2 and HB/PH/354-8.
Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Eliot, Thomas Stearns, 1888 - 1965 (poet) (Person)
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