Daniel Day Lewis has donated papers from the archive of his poet father Cecil to Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries. The never seen before papers includes a letter from WH Auden, criticising one of Cecil's poems, and the final stanza of 'The Newborn' written to mark the birth of Oscar winner Daniel.

According to BBC News, the collection will be celebrated with a day of special events on 30 October, 2012. Daniel and sister Tamasin said they were "thrilled" with the archive's new home, "If the manuscripts had ended up outside the country it would have saddened us all as a family as the poets who became papa's lifelong friends and peers all met up at Oxford as undergraduates," they said in a joint statement. Cecil Day-Lewis is one of the most notable Anglo-Irish poets of recent times. He studied classics at Oxford before being elected professor of poetry at the university in 1951 and Poet Laureate in 1968. The archive also contains correspondence with Sir Kingsley Amis, Sir John Betjeman and Sir Stephen Spender.

Daniel Day Lewis, who has made only six films since 1997, is the bookmakers' favourite to win Best Actor at the Oscars for his turn in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln biopic. He has won the award on two separate occasions, for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood.