Leach, Christopher (1908-2004)

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The Christopher Leach collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, financial material, memorabilia, and other material.

Manuscripts in the collection include The Alphabet of a Faithless Man; Crosby; An Eagle Among Crows; Fledglings; Schroder’s Son; A Sudden Light on Orchards; The View from Fort Piker; and Greenbay: Part Two. Draft fragments in the series consists of The Black Unicorn; Blue Plate Special; God, Spartacus, and Miss Emily; Three Months in Another Country, and What They Told Rayner. The series also includes poems, dating from 1952 to 2001; a stage play; articles; short stories; and outlines.

Printed material in the collection includes the first page of The Wheel (1954); a review of The Everything Man from the Sunday Telegraph (1974). The series also includes newspaper clippings from 1964 to 1994; book covers for Riverrun (1984) and Enemies and Other Strangers (1986); and an untitled file regarding “Letter to a Younger Son” (1981).

Correspondence in the collection includes personal correspondence dating from the 1950s to 2000s and professional correspondence from the 1970s to 2010s. The series contains notable correspondence regarding a file for “Knuts Pro Health,” with related sub-files; letters between Leach and his army friend, Reg Ridley; and various letters to a correspondent named George.

Financial material in the collection includes Leach’s Last Will and Testament (1998) and general material dating from 1985 to 2005.

Memorabilia in the collection consists of two awards regarding The Great Book Raid and the London City Council, and a certificate to Leach from the School for Scripture Knowledge (1936-1937).

Other material in the collection includes a journal from 1999; notebooks for contacts, schedules, notes; professional material; legal material; general sketches by Leach; headshots; and electronic media on floppy disks (2000-2001).

Notable Figures
1. Leach, Christopher
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide