The Tangye Archiveis based in Morrab Library in Penzance.
Derek’s quest was to find the right people as Trustees for Oliver land to ensure that his and Jeannie’s wishes and instructions would be carried out exactly as they desired. One of these was make sure all of his and Jeannie's personal papers, diaries and photographs be given to one of the Trustees of The Minack Chronicles Nature Trust, in order that they be destroyed whilst their possessions were to be sold. It was at the David Lay Auction House that a special auction was held for the sale of Derek and Jeannie's possessions; it took place over two days in April 1997. Both readers and collectors made their way to the auction to see if they could keep a small piece of the inheritance that Derek and Jeannie had left them. Several of the Trustees of Oliver land were also there and they secured specific items; namely notes made by Derek in preparing to write his books and a scrapbook of some of Derek’s first newspaper articles when he was a journalist amongst many others. One very precious item was the Garden Log bookin which Derek had first started to keep a diary of their daily life at Minack; details of the flowers and vegetables they grew and in which field or meadow they were grown. He also listed the price of buying and selling seeds, fertiliser, bulbs, plants and potatoes; the weather, plans for each season and such like. The bidding for the Garden Log Book started at £50 and rose steadily, finally selling for £850! A treasure of Minack and the early days. The Morrab Library agreed to hold this along with many such items in keeping for the Trustees. The purchase of these items was to ensure their safety and continued existence for they represented a special place in the preservation of Derek and Jeannie's life at Minack. The crowds at the auction house over those two days were phenomenal and included TV, Radio and press coverage. Today readers and fans can visit to see these items. There are also, stored at the Morrab, letters (purchased and loaned to the Tangye Collection by a private donor) written to the Tangyes by Raleigh Trevellyan and Howard & Marilyn Spring as well as an invoice for the magnificent photos, of Jeannie, by Baron, acclaimed photographer of their time. The Morrab Library is at located at Morrab Gardens in Penzance and is a charity funded through membership and donations. It is run by volunteers. It is open: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.By prior appointment only for Tangye papers on Tuesday or Friday. Access to Tangye Archive £5 daily membership.