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ELTON, Sir Geoffrey Rudolph (1921-1994)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1551 ELTON
Held at: Royal Historical Society
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Full title: ELTON, Sir Geoffrey Rudolph (1921-1994)
Date(s): 1948-1994
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 13 box files
Name of creator(s): Elton | Sir Geoffrey Rudolph | 1921-1994 | historian
Ehrenburg | Geoffrey Rudolph


Administrative/Biographical history:

Geoffrey Rudolph Elton (Ehrenberg) was born in Germany in 1921, the son of Victor Leopold Ehrenberg and his wife Eva Sommer. The family emigrated to England in 1939. Elton was educated at the University of London and began teaching at Cambridge in 1949, the same year he was awarded PhD. He became Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, 1954, Professor of Constitutional History at Cambridge, 1967-1983 and Regius Professor of Modern History from 1983-1988.
Elton was President of the Royal Historical Society, 1972-1976. As a scholar of Tudor administrative history, Elton reassessed historical conceptions of the Tudor era. He was Knighted in 1986, and died 3 Dec 1994.
Publications include The Tudor Revolution in Government (1953); England under the Tudors (1955), The Tudor Constitution (1960), Reformation Europe (1963), Reform and Renewal (1973), Reform and Reformation: England 1509-1558 (1977), The Parliament of England 1559-1581 (1986), and The English (1992).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Geoffrey Elton relating to his publications, 1948-1994, comprising correspondence with historians and publishers, agreements, statements of royalties and other papers.

Papers are boxed as: Historical problems; Books; Miscellaneous publications; Miscellaneous series and Scripta minora; Sources in History; Fontana History of Europe; Correspondence on publications; Studies in History - files; Studies in History Correspondence 1975-1987; Studies in History meeting papers 1980-1991; Studies in History agenda and annual reports; Royalty Payments before 1989; Royalty Payments after 1989; and RHS correspondence.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged by Lady Elton, prior to deposit, and filed by publication title.

Conditions governing access:

By appointment only with approval of the Society. Contact the Executive Secretary, Royal Historical Society, University College London, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT. Tel 020 7387 7532

Conditions governing reproduction:

Subject to usual copyright restrictions and condition of the original.

Finding aids:

Material is uncatalogued.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Bequeathed to the society by Elton, along with the copyright of his numerous publications, for the support of the Societies publications programme.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Lady Elton 1994-5.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of Victor Ehrenberg, 1912-1976, held by the Institute of Classical Studies, London

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-Line National Register of Archives; Historical Manuscripts Commission summary report of archives of the Royal Historical Society, R Olney and M Pendleton, Dec 2000; Columbia Encyclopaedia, Sixth Edition, 2003.
Compiled by Alison Field as part of the London Signpost Survey 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:
September 2003

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