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GARSIDE, Lt Col Kenneth (1913-1983)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Garside
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: GARSIDE, Lt Col Kenneth (1913-1983)
Date(s): 1940-1983
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 0.05 cubic metres (5 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Garside | Kenneth | 1913-1983 | Lieutenant Colonel | Librarian of King's College London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1913; educated at Bradford Grammar School and the University of Leeds; Assistant Librarian, University of Leeds, 1937-1945; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; commissioned into the Intelligence Corps, 1941; service in North West Europe, 1944-1945; General Staff Officer 2 (Intelligence), Headquarters, 21 Army Group, British Liberation Army, Germany, 1945; Deputy Librarian, University College London, 1945-1958; General Staff Officer 2 (Intelligence), British Army of the Rhine, Germany, 1946; Member, Enemy Publications (Requirements) Committee (EPCOM), 1946-1948; Joint Honorary Secretary, University and Research Section of Library Association, 1948-1951; Commanding Officer, University of London Officer Training Corps, 1958-1963; Librarian, King's College London, 1958-1974; Chairman, Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries, 1961-1966; Trustee, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, 1963-1983; Honorary Secretary, Council of Military Education Committees of Universities of UK, 1966-1978; Secretary, National and University Libraries Section, International Federation of Library Associations, 1967-1968; Secretary, University Libraries Sub-Section, International Federation of Library Associations, 1967-1973; Member, University of London Committee on Library Resources, 1968-1971; Vice Chairman, British Theatre Museum Association, 1971-1977; Member, Council for National Academic Awards Librarianship Board, 1971-1981; Director of Central Library Services and Goldsmiths' Librarian, University of London, 1974-1978; Member, British Library Advisory Committee for Reference Division (Bloomsbury), 1975-1978; Honorary Keeper, Military Archives, King's College London, 1979-1983; Editor, LIBER Bulletin, 1980-1983; Fellow of King's College London, 1981; died, 1983. Publications: Library co-operation at a time of financial constraints (University of London Library Resources Co-ordinating Committee, London, 1981); Guide to the Library resources of the University of London (University of London Library Resources Co-ordinating Committee, London, 1983).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1940-1983, of Lt Col Kenneth Garside, comprising papers relating to his work in Intelligence in Germany at the end of World War Two, comprising German papers taken by Intelligence, including maps and descriptions of parts of England prepared by the Germans for invasion and xeroxes of carbon copies of Adolf Hitler's will and other papers; British Intelligence papers on Germany, including a gazetteer; file, 29 Mar 1945-24 Jul 1947, relating to Garside's work from Nov 1945 to May 1946 at Herford Library, Germany, the Intelligence Library of the Control Commission for Germany, including a draft article on the library; papers relating to EPCOM (Enemy Publications (Requirements) Committee, established in 1945 to ensure that German learned publications of the war years could be made available to British university and other research libraries), 1945-1948; a personal file containing a curriculum vitae drawn up by his widow, Dec 1983, and administrative papers, 14 May 1940-20 Apr 1964, relating to his service in, and retirement from, the Army.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available in reading room at Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, and online at; catalogue available in hard copy in the reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by Garside in 1974, 1978 and 1983, and by his family in 1984.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, holds papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, including correspondence with Garside as College Librarian, King's College London, relating to negotiations for the purchase of Liddell Hart's papers and books, 1959-1960, with copy agreement, 1960 (Ref: LH 4/27/2); papers of Col Roderick (Rory) Macleod, including a letter from Macleod to Garside, dated 24 Oct 1966, relating to 1940-Year of legend, year of history (Collins, London, 1966) by Laurence Thompson, and to Three days to catastrophe (Hammond, London, 1966) by Douglas Clark, both of which he considered misrepresented the role of FM Sir (William) Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside of Archangel and Ironside, during the early stages of World War Two (Ref: Macleod 2/3).

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Iain Mutch; revised by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
Dec 1999, Mar 2001

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