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Extent3 shelves
TitleJane Doe Collection
DescriptionThe collection consists of books, diaries, account books, press cuttings, letters and photographs recording the life and career of the journalist and writer Jane Doe, aka Nettie Lewis.
Creator NameAda Nettie Lewis
Administrative History(Ada) Nettie Lewis, née Brockley was born in Enfield in 1891. She found fame as a journalist in the 1920s and 1930s, writing under the pseudonym Jane Doe. She was a regular columnist for the 'Daily Chronicle and Sunday News', and later wrote a Health and Beauty page for the magazine 'Woman's Own'. With the outbreak of the Second World War, the writing work dwindled and Nettie took a teaching post in Wimbledon. Following the War, she continued to teach English at St Gabriel's College, London. She died in Putney in 1979 at the age of 88.

Her publications include three collections of her columns 'Through the Glad Eyes of a Woman', 'Glad Eye Views', and 'Jane Doe Calling', and a novel 'The Enchanted Duchess'.
Custodial HistoryCollection created by Nettie Lewis during her lifetime and inherited by her daughter and then her grandsons.

Jane Doe Collection

Access ConditionsThe collection may be viewed in the special collections reading room only.
Archivist NoteCatalogued by Eleanor Possart, 2012
Access statusOpen
DS/UK/49Lewis; Ada Nettie (1891-1979); Journalist1891-1979
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