Collection K/PP110 - TOMALIN, Ruth (1919-2012)

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TOMALIN, Ruth (1919-2012)


  • 1938-2003 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

One file comprising a copy transcript of Ruth Tomalin's diary, May-Dec 1938 as a Journalism student at King's College London, with brief notes on College lectures attended and giving an interesting flavour of student life in London during the late 1930s with descriptions of West End theatre productions, parties and the geography of London; lecture notes in two notebooks, 1938; copies of press articles by Ruth Tomalin, 1938-1945; colour copy of the cover for Green ink (written as Ruth Leaver, Harrap, 1951); first edition of The sound of pens (written as Ruth Leaver, Blackie, London, 1955), which includes a fictionalised version of of King's College as 'Thames College' (pp 28-30); copy of Garden house diaries: life on a country estate, 1930-1945 (Ruth Tomalin, Quercus Press, Eastbourne, 2003).

Numerous publications include: All souls (Faber and Faber, london, 1952), The garden house (Faber and Faber, London, 1964), Long since (Faber, 1989), Away to the west (Faber and Faber, London, 1972).

System of arrangement

Arranged as above in Scope and Content.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born, 1919, Ireland; grew up on the Stansted Park estate in Sussex where her father was head gardener; educated at King's College London where she studied journalism, [1938-1939]; landgirl at Bosham in Sussex during the early stages of World War Two; reporter in Portsmouth, 1942-1945; joined the BBC after the War; published numerous novels, poetry, children's books and semi-autobiographical books on subjects including horticulture and country life; died Eastbourne, 22 Nov 2012 .

Archival history

A gift from the author Ruth Tomalin Ross in 2004.

Custodial history

Ruth Tomalin Ross, 2004

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

Summary guide entry online.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell using biographical information derived from Ruth Tomalin's publications.

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