The Linda Lear Collection of Beatrix Potter Papers

Linda Lear, award-winning biographer of Rachel Carson (Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature published in 1997 and reprinted by Houghton Mifflin in 2009, has given Connecticut College her research archive for her biography of Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, was first published by St. Martin's Press in 2008. During the course of her research, Dr. Lear compiled a substantial archive of manuscripts, largely copied from other repositories and private collections, documenting Beatrix Potter's childhood and her career as an author and illustrator, naturalist, and conservationist.

The papers measure 42.5 linear feet (35 document boxes) and is organized into three different series:

Series 1. Chapter research materials. This series contains the research files for Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature organized by chapter. This includes and copies of correspondence, outlines, photographs, and notes on Beatrix Potter.

Series 2. Beatrix Potter, A life in Nature publication materials. This series contains the notes, outlines, chronologies, correspondence, and the original chapter drafts of the book, as well as the book proposal, permissions to publish, and publication notices and reviews.

Series 3. Related Research Materials. This series contains copies of legal documents pertaining to the Potter family and copies of correspondence, photographs, and notes on the Potter family, their property, and Unitarianism. It also includes copies and catalogs of Beatrix Potter's writings and artwork, third-party interviews, correspondence, and memoirs of Beatrix Potter, subject files containing information on children's literature, natural and environmental history, and women, class, and society in Victorian England, and audiovisual materials on Beatrix Potter. Also included are the Barbara Collier materials which include the scrapbook of Kitty Holdsworth who was a Girl Guide leader and acquaintances of Beatrix Potter.