|Douglas Cleverdon in 1963|
In the Scripts subseries, there are transcripts of "Three Women" as broadcast on August 19, 1962, and the poem "Crossing the Water" with commentary by Ted Hughes as broadcast on July 5, 1971.
In the correspondence series there are letters to or from Olwyn Hughes and Ted Hughes. Per an archivist at the Lilly, there are two letters from Olwyn Hughes, only one of which discusses Plath. The letter that discusses Plath is from 28 May 1971 and lists poems Ted Hughes prefers for Crossing the Water.
The correspondence with Ted Hughes, however, does not mention Plath beyond Cleverdon himself telling Hughes to give Plath his regards. This obviously dates some of the letters to before 11 February 1963.
I browsed through parts this collection during the Sylvia Plath Symposium last year and found Plath related material in boxes 7 and 8, and found many references to Plath. Some of the more interesting materials are lists of Plath's correspondence with BBC staff that includes small summaries of each letter's contents. This shows them taking stock of what they had at some point after Plath's life ended. It might have been these were retiring the letters from an active file to an inactive file, or preparing them for transfer to the Written Archives Centre. One does not necessarily know. The letters are all now held by the BBC Written Archives Center (and these were discussed in my paper with Gail Crowther, "These Ghostly Archives").
There are copies of internal communications regarding Plath's works from when she was living. Included among these are thoughts about "Three Women" from May 1962; production memorandums and other official BBC Radio documents regarding acceptance of the verse poem and payment for it; broadcast typescripts of the poem; audience research feedback regarding the airing of "Three Women" in August 1962 as well as its re-broadcast in August 1968; and notes by Cleverdon as he wrote his introduction to the poem (published in the limited edition version of "Three Women" from 1968 (see a cover image here) and in 1970's The Art of Sylvia Plath).
|The Ave Maria.|
The Cleverdon mss II papers include a transcript of the Peter Orr/British Council interview with Plath from 30 October 1962. There are notes and memos about A. Alvarez's program on Plath that aired in the summer of 1963 (the text of which was printed in the October 1963 issue of The Review (see image of this cover here; and please note that the archives of The Review, which are held by the Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University, were discussed by Gina Hodnik in "Early Public Representations of Sylvia Plath: An Analysis of the Sylvia Plath issue of The Review").
You can see more libraries that hold Plath materials on the Archival Materials page of my website for Sylvia Plath, A celebration, this is.
All links accessed 25 September 2013.