Correspondence with Conrad Russell, 1926 - 1947
Scope and Contents
Includes: a long correspondence with Conrad Russell (many of Lady Diana's letters being in diary form); love letters between her and Windham Baldwin; letters from Lady Diana to her family; general correspondence, particularly with Duff Cooper's nephew Rupert Hart-Davis; letters of condolence on Duff's death; correspondence between Lady Diana and her son John Julius Cooper (her letters frequently turning into diary entries, taking up from where the diary letters to Conrad Russell leave off in 1947).
- 1926 - 1947
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
11 archive box(es)
Language of Materials
Not quite all of Diana’s ms letters appear in the transcribed versions, and there are some transcribed letters which don’t appear in the original, but the transcripts are easier to use. Many of her letters are written in the form of a diary (for posting all together in the diplomatic bag) but the dating tends to jump about. The transcript seems to have been arranged in one long sequence for publication in Diana Cooper's memoirs, and then later divided up into sections, more or less by year. Unfortunately many excerpts had been cut out from the transcript before they arrived at CAC, while the memoirs were being put together. Some have been retained in DIAC 3.
Existence and Location of Copies
Further copies of Lady Diana's letters to Russell can be found at DIAC 2/1 and 3/1-8.
Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Cooper, Diana Olivia Winifred Maud, Lady, 1892 - 1986 (née Manners, wife of 1st Viscount Norwich) (Person)