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YATES, Dame Frances Amelia (1899-1981)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Frances A Yates

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: YATES, Dame Frances Amelia (1899-1981)

Date(s): 1899-1981

Level of description: collection

Extent: c 120 boxes

Name of creator(s): Yates | Dame | Frances Amelia | 1899-1981 | historian of ideas


Administrative/Biographical history:

Frances Yates was born in Hampshire, 1899 and studied at the University of London, receiving her MA in 1926. She spent 15 years as a private scholar before becoming successively Editor of Publications (1941-1944), Lecturer (1944-1957) and Reader (1956-1967) at the Warburg Institute. After her retirement she was an Honorary Fellow of the Institute until her death in 1981. Her wide research interests included Shakespeare, Renaissance thought, and many other aspects of European literature and culture. She was created OBE in 1972 and DBE in 1977.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal and working papers of Dame Frances Amelia Yates, historian, 1899-1981, including diaries, family documents, notes, working papers, lectures, articles, books, reviews, correspondence and photographs. Topics covered include: Influence of Italy and Italian on English Life, Humanism; Academies; Hermetic Tradition; Occult Philosophy; Neoplatonism; Enlightenment; Shakespeare, Ramon Llull; Giordano Bruno and Art of Memory.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: personal and working papers.

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.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

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


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to the Institute by Yates.


Existence and location of originals:

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Related material:

Publication note:



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

Diaries | Nonfiction | Prose | Literary forms and genres | Literature
Historical research | History
Humanism | Philosophical schools | Philosophy
Spiritualism | Mysticism
Primary documents

Personal names
Bruno | Giordano | 1548-1600 | philosopher
Llull | Ramon | 1232-1315 | philosopher
Shakespeare | William | 1564-1616 | dramatist, poet and actor
Yates | Dame | Frances Amelia | 1899-1981 | historian of ideas

Corporate names