Playfair, Giles (1910-1996)
Scope:
The Giles Playfair collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, photographs, diaries and journals, and notebooks.

Manuscripts in the collection include nonfiction works, such as Crime, Punishment, and Cure (1965), The Prodigy: A Study of the Strange Life of Master Betty (1967), The Punitive Obsession: An Unpopular History of the English Prison System (1971), Crime in Our Century (1977), and material related to The Inquiry. Fiction works include The Heart of Fame (1951), and an untitled, rejected novel. Various outlines, articles, scripts, and addresses are also included, as well as a poem written by Playfair at the age of 14, titled “So God Bless the Queen...”

Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional materials, and is dated between 1857 and 1974. Material includes an extensive selection of letters pertaining to members of the royal family, including Sir William Playfair, Sir Nigel Playfair, and Giles Playfair himself. Notable correspondents include Queen Victoria, William Gladstone, Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught, Clifford Bax, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Arthur, Duke of Connaught, and Peregrine Worsthorne.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes programs for performances in which Playfair took part, dated between 1932 and 1933, a certificate from the University of Oxford, Playfair’s birth announcement, and a baptismal certificate from 1910.

Printed material in the collection includes many articles written by Playfair, dated between 1935 and 1974, magazines with articles by Playfair and by Playfair and Derrick Sington, book reviews by Playfair, letters to the editor dated between 1935 and 1976, reviews and articles about Playfair, galleys of articles, and a collection of articles on subjects of interest to Playfair.

Photographs in the collection include photos of Playfair, family photos, and photos of Henry Ainley and Joseph Redenbaugh.

Diaries and journals in the collection include diaries from the years 1928 and 1929.

Notebooks in the collection contain material on crime, criminals, terrorism, personal experiences of Playfair’s in the U.S and abroad, J. Edgar Hoover, the 19th century, Oscar Wilde, poisons and poisoners, punishment, prisoner complaints, homosexuality, and first-person descriptions and conversations.
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Notable Figures
1. Playfair, Giles, 1910-1996
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. History and Biography Subject Guide
3. Criminals, Cops, and Judges Subject Guide
4. Lawyers -- England
5. Crime and criminals
6. Punishment
7. Dramatists, English
8. English literature – 20th century
9. Authors, English
10. English drama
11. Photographs
12. Diaries