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  • Title
    Charles Lahr papers
  • Held at
  • Reference
    MS985
  • Date
    1917-1967
  • Creator
    Lahr, Charles (1885-1971) political activist and publisherMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    The papers document many of Charles Lahr's activities, especially during the 1920s and 30s. These include his involvement in the publishing business, and bookselling activities. Most of the correspondence is related to social and family matters. There are various typescripts related to the activities of the Blue Moon Press available, some of them with manuscript corrections and signed by the authors. A file of newspaper cuttings consisting mainly of reviews of published works provides additional information on the publishing activities in London at the time.Most of the correspondence lack important details such as dates or clear identification of writer. Some of the correspondence has been annotated for Ms Oonagh Lahr before she handed the collection to the University of London. Some of the annotations were written in pencil on the same documents while other notes are attached with the originals. Where these give added information to that in the documents, these notes have been kept with the originals. Some of the photographs have notes written on their reverse identifying some of the persons featuring in them. This was also done by Ms Oonagh Lahr. Esther Lahr clearly played a significant role in the running of both the bookshop and the various publishing ventures in which Charles Lahr engaged. Correspondence addressed to her is listed in a separate section of this catalogue.
  • Notes
    Additional deposits of Charles Lahr's papers (references MS985C, MS1172) have been deposited at Senate House Library.
  • Conditions of access
    Open for research. Access to individual files may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Exent
    6 boxes
  • Language
    English
  • System of Arrangement
    The material has been arranged into the following groups: Charles Lahr's papers: Correspondence addressed to the Lahr family; Works submitted for publication; Lectures; Newspaper cuttings; Photographs and drawings; Booksellers' Catalogues; Advertising, publicity materials and notices; Other correspondence; Blue Moon Press Greetings cards; Administrative material related to business activities; Papers for Clubs and Societies; Other papers and publications. Esther Lahr's papers: Correspondence; Photographs; Publications. Oonagh Lahr's papers: Correspondence; Photographs.
  • Finding aids
    Catalogued online (click on the "contains" icon below). A pdf version of the hard-copy catalogue is also attached to this description.
  • Related files
  • Related
    Other material which relating to Charles Lahr was deposited as part of the Sterling Library manuscripts, collected by Sir Louis Sterling, and catalogued as SL V 36, Senate House Library. The material is listed in 'The Sterling Library: a catalogue of the printed books and literary manuscripts collected by Sir Louis Sterling and presented by him to the University of London', Cambridge, (1954). Three pages of manuscript notes written by Pegeen O'Sullivan, Liam O'Flaherty's daughter, about Charles Lahr and his circle of friends in 1926-7 were given to the University of London Library in June 2002 by the writer. These can be found in the Lahr Collection masterfile "Correspondence and notes from 1999".
  • Level of description
    fonds
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