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Richnell, Donovan (1911-1994)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS1135
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Richnell, Donovan (1911-1994)
Date(s): c1922-c1991
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 11 boxes
Name of creator(s): Richnell | Donovan Thomas | 1911-1994 | librarian
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Donovan Richnell was born in Bedford Park, London in 1911 and was educated at St. Paul's School and Corpus Christi, Cambridge. His war service included a posting to the Far East with the Royal Navy. He was successively; Sub-Librarian at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1946-1949; Deputy Librarian, London University Library, 1949-1960; Librarian, Reading University, 1960-1967; Director and Goldsmith's Librarian, London University Library, 1967-1974; Director General of the British Library Reference Division, 1974-1979.


Scope and content/abstract:

Notebooks, [1922-1991]; manuscripts including "Emancipated Women", "Heart-Shaped Ladies"; Library Association papers, 1959-1972; correspondence with Philip Larkin, 1965; diary, 1966-1970.

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Conditions governing access:

Open for research

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.

Finding aids:

Box listed

Archival Information

Archival history:

Deposited at the Library by Don Richnell's literary executor.

Immediate source of acquisition:

See above

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Richard Temple.

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.

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