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Papers of Leonard Arthur Pavey

Call Number: MS 6


This collection consists of both editorial archives for the literary magazine New Stories (correspondence, proposals, proofs, etc., 1933-1936), as well as Pavey's own personal archives as an author (correspondence, proofs, clippings, etc.). Editorial and personal correspondence are combined in the collection.


  • Creation: 1916-1953 (bulk 1933-1936)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrctions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of New Stories literary magazine

Edward J. O'Brien (1890-1941) was editor of the annual Best Short Story collections and was interested in establishing a magazine devoted solely to short fiction. He found that many magazine editors turned down short stories they considered too unusual or experimental, and he therefore wanted to provide an outlet to newer authors, as well as another source for stories for his annual anthology.

O'Brien assembled an editorial board of six literary figures: O'Brien himself, H.E. Bates (1905-1974), Arthur Calder-Marshall (1908-), Hamish Miles (1894-1937), Geoffrey West (1900-), and Leonard Arthur Pavey (1888-1961?). Pavey had been wounded in World War I and was writing stories for several publications that included Criterion, Life and Letters, and Adelphi.

Basil Blackwell of Oxford underwrote the first three issues of New Stories, and the first issue came out in February/March 1934 with two thousand copies printed. Though the magazine had high circulation, contributing authors could not be paid and the editors worked for free. Contributors in the first year included Dylan Thomas, John Lehmann, Stephen Spender, and H. A. Manhood, among many others. The bimonthly magazine completed its publishing with two volumes, ending in the spring of 1936.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 document cases)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

MS 6

Other Finding Aids

See the attached for a detailed list by lettered section for the first four sections of the collection:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sims, December 9, 1959

Separated Materials

New Stories. Oxford: England, vol. 1-2, nos. 1-8 (February/March 1934-April/May 1936). Available at Spencer Research Library at C1270.

Guide to the Leonard Arthur Pavey Collection
Papers of Leonard Arthur Pavey
Finding aid prepared by mason, August 5, 1961. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
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Preferred citation
Papers of Leonard Arthur Pavey, MS 6, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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