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GARRETT, Kathleen Isabella (fl 1970)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/451

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: GARRETT, Kathleen Isabella (fl 1970)

Date(s): 197-?

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 7 production units.

Name of creator(s): Garrett | Kathleen Isabella | fl 1970 | historian
Hackett | Maria | 1783-1874 | philanthropist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Kathleen Isabella Garrett was principal cataloguer at Guildhall Library until 1970.

Maria Hackett (1783-1874) was a philanthropist who campaigned for the better treatment of choristers in Anglican cathedrals. The boy choristers often lived in poor conditions without proper education or supervison, and could be hired out by their singing master to perform at public concerts. Hackett studied documents at St Paul's to determine the ancient responsbilities of the cathedral regarding the choristers; wrote campaigning letters; and initiated legal proceedings. Her efforts resulted in reform and the establishment of a new choir school attached to St Paul's. She also formed a committee dedicated to the restoration of Crosby Hall, a medieval hall adjoining her house.


Scope and content/abstract:

Research of Kathleen Garrett relating to philanthropist Maria Hackett, including typescript copy of three letters (1868-9) from Maria Hackett to John Henry Blunt, 1975; an unpublished biography of Maria Hackett, compiled c 1970-9; typescript versions of articles printed in Guildhall Studies in London History, 1974-1977; and miscellaneous research notes on the life of Maria Hackett, compiled c 1970-1979.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These records were donated to Guildhall Library in 1980 and were catalogued in the same year by Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

For other papers relating to Maria Hackett held at the LMA see CLC/136 (papers relating to Crosby Hall); CLC/240 (letters to, from and about Maria Hackett) and CLC/521/MS10189/009 (manuscript draft of a novel by Maria Hackett).

Publication note:

K. I. Garrett, 'Miss Hackett of Crosby Square', Guildhall Studies in London History, 1 (1973-5), 150-62.


Archivist's note:

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: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Choirboys | Choirs | Musical performers | Performers | Artists
Historical research | History
Personal archives | Archives
Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Philanthropists | People by roles | People

Personal names
Garrett | Kathleen Isabella | fl 1970 | historian
Hackett | Maria | 1783-1874 | philanthropist

Corporate names

City of London | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe