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Finberg, Herbert Patrick Reginald

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 1093
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Finberg, Herbert Patrick Reginald
Date(s): 1971-1972
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Finberg | Herbert Patrick Reginald | 1900-1974 | historian
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, Rickmansworth, 1900, and educated at Oxford University, where he received a third class in Lit Hum. Worked with Basil Blackwell and Bernard Newdigate at the Shakespeare Head Press before setting up his own press, the Alcuin, in a barn in Chipping Campden. In 1936, Finberg's company moved to Welwyn but foundered in the slump. He then became the director of the Broadwater Press and, in 1944, the editorial director of Burnes, Oates and Washbourne. He also served in an advisory capacity to Her Majesty's Printers and the Ministry of Works; genealogical research on the Duke of Bedford's estates resulting in the publication of his Tavistock Abbey in 1949. After attending meetings of the Devon Association, Finberg struck up a friendship with W.G.Hoskins, lecturer in economic history at Leicester University and co-authored a collection of essays Devonshire Studies. Reader and Head of the Department of English Local History, Leicester University until his retirement in 1965, editing a series of Occasional Papers in Local History and using his earlier publishing experience to launch and edit the Agricultural History Review, which he edited for 11 years; also general editor of the Agrarian History of England project and President of the British Agricultural History Society between 1966 and 1968. He was appointed Professor in 1964. In retirement, Finberg was also active, becoming part-time research assistant at Leeds, working with Maurice Beresford on a handlist of medieval boroughs, and between 1968 and 1969 was a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He was a member of a committee of specialist advisors to the Vatican Council on vernacular liturgies. His Manual of Catholic Prayer (1962) was also awarded the Belgian Prix Graphica in 1965. Finberg died in November 1974.


Scope and content/abstract:

Comprising photocopies of seven letters to Warwick Gould from H.P.R.Finberg regarding the latter's translation of W.B.Yeats' 'Axel' (July 1971 - February 1972); Photocopy of H.P.R.Finberg's obituary in The Times with a correction letter by Warwick Gould regarding the obituary (November 1974).

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System of arrangement:

No further arrangement required.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Warwick Gould to Senate House Library, University of London, date unknown.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Stefan Dickers for 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:
March 2005

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