Kingsley Read Alphabet Collection

Kingsley Read (1887–1975) was appointed to design the new English alphabet provided for under the will of George Bernard Shaw.

The collection includes correspondence with Shaw 1943-50, with the Public Trustee up to 1957, and with users of the alphabet, specimens of other phonetic alphabets, and publications relating to writing.

More information

  • Smart, Patricia. The Kingsley Read alphabet collection : a catalogue. Reading : University of Reading Library, 1983. (Special Collections Reference 411-SMA)
  • A full description is available on our online database
  • Manuscript numbers MSS 1103, 1387
art, literature, printing history correspondence, personal papers, other archives/mss read kingsley

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