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WALKER, Daniel Pickering (1914-1985)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Daniel P Walker

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: WALKER, Daniel Pickering (1914-1985)

Date(s): c 1949-1984

Level of description: collection

Extent: c 20 boxes

Name of creator(s): Walker | Daniel Pickering | 1914-1985 | historian of ideas


Administrative/Biographical history:

Daniel Pickering Walker (known as 'Perkin' to friends and colleagues) was born in London, 1914 and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford, receiving his DPhil in 1940; after working for the Foreign Office and in the Intelligence Corps during the Second World War, he lectured and research at University College London for several years; Walker became a Reader at the Warburg Institute, 1961, and was subsequently the Institute's Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition (1975-1981). Much of his research centred on the importance of Christianity and religious belief in the development of European culture. After retirement he was an Honorary Fellow of the Institute until his death in 1985.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Daniel Pickering Walker c 1949-1984, including notes, working papers and correspondence. Topics covered include: ancient theology; Christian Platonism, 15th-18th centuries; miracles; esoteric symbolism; musical symbolism; spiritual and demonic magic.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:

Archive material is accessible for the purpose of private study and personal research and within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Archive reading room. Access is with permission from the Institute Director and by prior appointment only. Potential users are advised to browse the Institute website and contact the Archivist, Dr des Claudia Wedepohl, before planning a visit. Access to individual items in the Warburg Institute Archives may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, at the discretion of the Archivist, may be provided for research use only (working papers: up to 10% of any archive pressmark; correspondence by authors for whom the department doesn't hold copyright: up to 10% of the institutes holdings). Traditional photography is allowed at the discretion of the Archivist; no digital cameras. Scans and digital photographs can be ordered at the discretion of the Archivist. Requests to publish original material have to be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the University of London Research Services website



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to the Institute, 1987.



Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Historical research | History
Magic | Mysticism
Miracles | Religious experience | Religion
Spiritualism | Mysticism

Personal names
Walker | Daniel Pickering | 1914-1985 | historian of ideas

Corporate names