Donald Winnicott papers – expanded catalogue now online

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Early in February a substantial additional tranche of papers of Donald Winnicott was received from the Winnicott Trust to add to the significant transfer they made last summer of the papers of this important figure in child psychiatry and the British school of psychoanalysis. The new material has just been added to the online catalogue.

Besides vastly expanding the number of Winnicott’s unpublished papers in the collection, this new accession includes his appointment diaries, additional case-material (most of which is, however, currently closed for reasons of Data Protection), files on his interaction with child psychiatrists and the psychoanalytic community in Finland, and an assortment of documentation relating to his work with the Oxfordshire Evacuee Hostels Scheme during World War II. It was in connection with this scheme, which dealt with evacuees who were too disturbed to be billetted in ordinary households, that Winnicott met Clare Britton, who became his second wife, in her capacity as the project psychiatric social worker.

The catalogue can be viewed online by putting PP/DWW into the reference field of the search interface for the Archives and Manuscripts online catalogue. Clicking on the blue numerals in the lefthand column of the resulting hitlist will provide access to detailed descriptions, and the ‘See in Context’ link for a hierarchical ‘tree’ view of the catalogue.

Readers requiring access to the collection must obtain prior permission from the Winnicott Trust: further information available from Archives and Manuscripts

Lesley Hall

Lesley Hall

Lesley Hall, FRHistS, PhD, DipAA, has been an archivist at the Wellcome since 1979. She has published extensively on the history of sexuality and gender in Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries, given many talks and conference presentations, and featured on radio and television. Further details can be found at her website.

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