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Collection of Victoria Sackville-West Materials

Identifier: SACKVILLE-WEST-1

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 27 letters and 4 greeting cards of personal correspondence written between 1947-1961, from V. Sackville-West at her home at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, U.K., to Grace Mountcastle Martin in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Many of the letters convey the author's thanks for shipments of sugar and soap during times of rationing in the U.K.


  • 1947 - 1961


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical Note

V. [Victoria or "Vita"] Sackville-West, English poet, novelist, socialite and suffragette, was born in 1892 at her family's estate at Knole in Kent. Privately educated, she began writing poetry at age 11, and had produced 8 novels and 5 plays by the time of her marriage to Harold Nicholson in 1913. Sackville-West eventually published nearly 50 volumes of poetry, fiction, biography, history and horticulture. She was awarded the Hawthorne Prize in 1927 for her poem, "The Land." Sackville-West was noted among her peers for her active, bohemian lifestyle and her numerous affairs with other women, particularly the author Virgina Woolf, but despite this latter relationship she was never directly involved with the Bloomsbury group of artists and writers. She and her husband settled at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, where she became a recognized authority on gardening and country life. She died in 1962.


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The collection contains personal correspondence from V. Sackville-West to Grace Mountcastle Martin between 1947-1961.


Materials arranged in one series: Correspondence.

Custodial History

Gift of Grace Mountcastle Martin.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Victoria Sackville-West Materials
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.