The Library, originally known as The H.E. Bates Companion, was created and compiled by Paul Machlis of the University of Santa Cruz. The H.E. Bates estate is deeply indebted to Paul for his extraordinary achievement and for his great generosity in gifting the Library to the estate. Look out for a profile of Paul on our News pages later in 2021.

From Paul Machlis:

Much help creating this library has been given by Dean Baldwin, Richard Holroyd, Phil Stephensen-Payne, Martin Rowsell, Julia Robinson, Chris Eads, and Andrew Whitehead. Josh Alper, Tara Gooden, Tracey Walker, and April Zilber at the University of California, Santa Cruz have provided invaluable assistance in obtaining materials and scans from other repositories.

In recent years, I have been grateful for a wonderful collaboration on this project with members of the Bates family -- Brian Wicks, Victoria Wicks, and Tim Bates -- and the assistance of Inam Ulhaq, friend of H. E. Bates's great-grandaughter Madelaine. As a team, we have discovered hundreds of new items by Bates, obtained copies and created readable scans, and found new first-publication dates for dozens of items. Inam has contributed countless corrections and has provided input for a large number of the book review entries. The Bates estate has generously allowed the loading of PDFs of virtually all of Bates's non-fiction items, a great boon for Bates scholars and fans.

I am also grateful for the long-term support of this project from the University Library, University of Santa Cruz. Initial conversion of the project from one computer system to another was done by Paul Ferlito. I am tremendously grateful to Bryn Kanar ( for his assistance with the work on the site in its original form as The H.E. Bates Companion, its web presentation, data issues, and with the overall look of the original site.

Paul Machlis

Felton, California