Listed here are items not yet seen, bibliographical information not yet verified, or references that may lead to improvements to the library. If you can help we would love to hear from you:

  1. There is an 'article on the Burma fighting' by Bates according to a column (PDF) in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer ("A Friendly Gesture", October 17, 1945) that appeared in The Statesman of Calcutta on July 10, 1945. The original title for the essay was "It Isn’t in the Book". If you know of it or any other essays on Burma and India we would love to hear from you.

  2. In a letter to Malachi Whitaker (June 21, 1931), Bates writes that he has reached 'the pinnacle, the Parnassus of writers - an article in Good Housekeeping'. We've checked some UK editions of Good Housekeeping (January to August 1931) without striking gold! We now believe its called "Women Short Story Writers I Admire" (April 1932)

  3. Do you know of anyone that collects airline memorabilia? We are particularly interested in Welcome Aboard which was the bi-monthly in-flight magazine of BOAC during 1969-1971. Bates is said to have contributed a piece which we have yet to locate. We've checked the 1969 issues and four of the 1970 issues without any luck.

  4. We think Bates may have provided prose for The Programme: the journal of the Oxford English Club which ran from 1935 to November 1937. Do you have a copy of any issues?

  5. Short Story: September 28, 1955 (IU) - most likely misdated, possibly in Bookman 1950 editions

  6. The Daily Telegraph (May 25, 1962) mentions an introductory essay by Bates in the programme for 'tonight's Arts Ball at Folkestone, of which Lady Guilford is the chairman.'

  7. The Daily Express mentions an introductory essay by Bates in the programme for a hair-style show by Rene Moulard, coiffeur to Princess Margaret at the O'Hana Gallery, Mayfair on May 14, 1957. Were you there? or do you have a copy?

  8. We know Bates wrote plenty of articles for Living magazine and many are already here in the Library, but we have so far been unable to check the following issues. June, July, August 1969; February, August 1974

  9. We suspect Bates wrote for theRoyal Air Force Journal under the name HEB. We've checked the British editions, but do you have the Middle East and Indian editions?

  10. An undated essay cited by Baldwin 'The Best and Worst in Life' may have been earmarked for publication in the (London) Evening News. We are wondering if this was ever published? (The Harry Ransom Center, Texas has an unpublished version)

  11. Woman’s Own: We need a better date than 1954 for Love in a Wych Elm