The Orwell Papers

Documentary heritage submitted by United Kingdom and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.


‘The Orwell Papers’ collection contains the personal archive of George Orwell (born Eric Blair, 1903-1950), political thinker, essayist, novelist, journalist and broadcaster. The famous British author of Animal Farm, an allegory of contemporary times, and Nineteen Eighty-Four, a fictional account of the dangerous potential of totalitarianism  kept very few personal papers and even fewer manuscripts of his writings.  What does remain comprising manuscript notebooks, diaries, letters and other personal papers, including photographs, occupy only 3 linear metres in UCL’s high security storage in Bloomsbury, central London. His writings featured in the collection include the first jottings of some of the most well-known words and phrases from the Orwell canon, such as “Two Minutes Hate”, “Newspeak”, and the slogan “War is Peace. Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery.

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