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The Baldwin Papers consist of papers concerning the Kipling family, and include original documents (mostly correspondence), copies and transcripts, printed pieces, and a few photographs. There are manuscript and printed recollections of India and 34 letters (1881–1933) to family friend Edith Plowden from Rudyard Kipling and his parents John Lockwood and Alice Kipling. Addressees of other letters from Rudyard Kipling include his Macdonald aunts, one of whom married Alfred Baldwin father of Stanley (later Prime Minister), and members of the Baldwin family (including Stanley Baldwin). The copies of Kipling’s literary works are mostly facsimiles or photocopies but include original impressions of his rare early volumes of Schoolboy Lyrics (1881) and Echoes (1884). The Baldwin Papers were deposited at Sussex on loan in December 1978 by Elspeth, Countess Baldwin of Bewdley.

In 2008 they were purchased by the University of Sussex Library with funds from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of the National Libraries, the Kipling Society, University of Sussex Aluni funds and several individual donors.





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