International Virginia Woolf Society

Fonds number:
Title: International Virginia Woolf Society
Dates of Material:
1960–2021, predominant 1971–2005
51 cm of textual records
19 photographs : b&w and col.
3 audio cassettes
4 compact discs
Administrative history

The International Virginia Woolf Society has as its mandate to foster and encourage the scholarly study of, critical attention to, and general interest in, the work and career of Virginia Woolf; and to facilitate communication and share knowledge between all people interested in her writings. It sponsors sessions at annual Modern Language Association of America (MLA) Conventions. Membership is open to any individual, educational institution, or corporation interested in its aims, and through payment of annual dues.

The Society traces its origins to the 1970 MLA Convention, when a seminar entitled “The Uses of the Manuscripts in Virginia Woolf Studies” took place, bringing together 35 scholars. From this initial connection a newsletter, the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, was begun in 1973, and at the 1975 MLA Convention a steering committee was formed that laid the groundwork for the incorporation of the Virginia Woolf Society in 1976. In 1982 the Society began to contribute a portion of its dues to the publication of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany. By 1996 about a fourth of Society members were outside the United States, and recognition of this global scholarship led to the name being changed to the International Virginia Woolf Society in December of that year.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records related to the establishment and operations of the Virginia Woolf Society. Fonds consists of the following series:

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition

Records acquired in 2005–2008, 2014, 2019, 2021 and 2023. Records from 2019, 2021 and 2023 were received from Karen Levenback, IVWS archival liaison.

Access restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Finding aids

Box/file list available


Further accruals are expected.

Access points

International Virginia Woolf Society


Woolf, Virginia, 1882–1941—Criticism and interpretation

Related exhibitions at Victoria University Library

In 1997 the library mounted “Bloomsbury:Books, art and design,” an exhibition based on its Virginia Woolf collection.

In 2007 the exhibition Virginia & Co. was mounted to celebrate the 125th birthday of Virginia Woolf