Francis Stuart Papers from the Geoffrey Elborn Collection, 1902-1990 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The collection contains materials related to Elborn's biography Francis Stuart: A Life (1990), including sixty-five pages of extensively annotated typescripts by Francis Stuart as well as several letters from Stuart and a signed original photograph. The collection also includes several typescript versions of chapters of the biography, correspondence about Stuart from friends and acquaintances, and 300 pages of transcriptions by the biographer from Stuart's personal diary covering the years 1942-1960.
The correspondence from Stuart to Elborn is both personal and professional, with corrections for (and comments on) drafts of the biography, as well as a discussion of old friends from before the war. Typescripts include Stuart's lectures on Beckett's Murphy and Malone Dies, and Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, reminiscences of Flann O'Brien in the 1930s and 1950s, and "What is Truth?," and "Upheavals in Literature." Some of these include Stuart's autograph revisions and notes. The collection contains correspondence to Elborn from Stuart's old friends, acquaintances, children of people Stuart knew, and government officials, including replies to Elborn's requests for government documents relating to Stuart's activities during World War II. In addition to the transcriptions from Stuart's diary, the collection includes annotated typescripts of many chapters of the biography, photocopies of an interview, numerous reviews and articles, copies of transcriptions of Stuart's war broadcasts from Germany, and photocopies of a large number of letters to and from Stuart.
Series 1: Correspondence - Francis Stuart
Series 2: Prose
Series 3: Diaries
Series 4: Interviews
Series 5: Ephemera
Series 6: Photographs
Series 7: Research Notes Concerning Francis Stuart
Series 8: Correspondence - Geoffrey Elborn
Series 9: Manuscript of Biography
Series 10: Miscellaneous