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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA K/PP110
TOMALIN, Ruth (1919-2012)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Tomalin, Ruth, 1919-2012, author

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1919, Ireland; grew up on the Stansted Park estate in Sussex where her father was head gardener; educated at King's College London where she studied journalism, [1938-1939]; landgirl at Bosham in Sussex during the early stages of World War Two; reporter in Portsmouth, 1942-1945; joined the BBC after the War; published numerous novels, poetry, children's books and semi-autobiographical books on subjects including horticulture and country life; died Eastbourne, 22 Nov 2012 .

Archival history

A gift from the author Ruth Tomalin Ross in 2004.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Ruth Tomalin Ross, 2004

Content & structure

Scope and content

One file comprising a copy transcript of Ruth Tomalin's diary, May-Dec 1938 as a Journalism student at King's College London, with brief notes on College lectures attended and giving an interesting flavour of student life in London during the late 1930s with descriptions of West End theatre productions, parties and the geography of London; lecture notes in two notebooks, 1938; copies of press articles by Ruth Tomalin, 1938-1945; colour copy of the cover for Green ink (written as Ruth Leaver, Harrap, 1951); first edition of The sound of pens (written as Ruth Leaver, Blackie, London, 1955), which includes a fictionalised version of of King's College as 'Thames College' (pp 28-30); copy of Garden house diaries: life on a country estate, 1930-1945 (Ruth Tomalin, Quercus Press, Eastbourne, 2003).

Numerous publications include: All souls (Faber and Faber, london, 1952), The garden house (Faber and Faber, London, 1964), Long since (Faber, 1989), Away to the west (Faber and Faber, London, 1972).

System of arrangement

Arranged as above in Scope and Content.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry online.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell using biographical information derived from Ruth Tomalin's publications.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

August 2005; update Apr 2015

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  • Communication personnel
  • International conflicts
  • Journalist education
  • Journalists
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Performing arts
  • Personnel
  • Theatre
  • Vocational education
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • Women journalists
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Tomalin, Ruth, b 1919, Author

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives


  • London, England
  • Stansted Park, Sussex, England

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