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Robert Graves Collection
University of Victoria, McPherson Library

English poetry--20th century; World War, 1914-1918--Poetry; Argonauts (Greek mythology); Authors, English--20th century--Biography

The collection was established in 1969. A collection of manuscript material held by Bertram Rota Ltd. was purchased. An agreement between the three universities in British Columbia had committed the University of Victoria to the establishment of research collections of modern British literature.

The collection contains various editions, pamphlets, periodical contributions, and manuscripts. The scope of the collection is to be inclusive. The chronological and geographic emphasis is on twentieth century England. Current acquisitions have been curtailed due to the lack of funds. Robert Graves' personal collection of papers and books may yet be offered to the university because of a "first refusal" agreement that exists with Mrs. Graves.

English predominates. There is also material in German, Italian, Greek, and Spanish.

290 monographs; 3 serials; 10 microforms; 2 picture files; 5 vertical files; 9 linear metres of manuscripts; 1 phonograph record.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in a card catalogue. The holdings are also recorded in UTLAS. Other finding aids are available for both catalogued and uncatalogued material. The LC cataloguing scheme is used.

Physical Access
Browsing is not allowed. Material can be requested. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Frail or sensitive material is for restricted use only.

Reprography: Photocopying services are available.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
"Focus on Robert Graves." -- Malahat review. -- No. 35 (July 1975). -- Victoria, B.C. : University of Victoria, 1975.