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Katherine Mansfield Literary and Personal Papers


Katherine Mansfield’s literary accomplishments are internationally recognised, and her life in New Zealand, England and continental Europe is equally renowned and of interest. The Mansfield papers give us insight into the artist behind the literature.

Katherine Mansfield (the pseudonym of Kathleen Beauchamp, 1888-1923) is New Zealand’s most significant and enduringly famous writer. She wrote poetry and reviews, and worked in an editorial capacity for some of London’s most ground-breaking avant-garde literary journals, but most importantly wrote short stories, for which she gained an international reputation. The Mansfield collections include original correspondence, notebooks and journals and other documentation relating to her life and works. As a whole they document the writer’s artistic preoccupations, development, influences and methods. They cover her troubled and complex personal life, friendships and family relationships, and her dealings with society and institutions.

Archive Location

Katherine Mansfield

Illustrated letter with landscape sketch by Katherine Mansfield probably written in the winter of 1915-1916 when Mansfield and John Middleton Murry were living in Bandol, France. MS-Papers-11326-016

Mansfield, Katherine 1888-1923 (Collector): Japanese fan formerly owned by Katherine Mansfield. ca 1900. Curios-018-004.

Mansfield, Katherine 1888-1923 (Collector): Flax and red silk evening bag. Early twentieth century. B-180-002.


Catalogue Record

Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington

Katherine Mansfield’s digitised notebooks

Blog by Camus Wyatt. Now available online, the notebooks are an invaluable primary source for Mansfield researchers and help reveal, in her own words, the author’s innermost thoughts on life and writing.