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Longley, Katharine (b 1920)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS1003
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Longley, Katharine (b 1920)
Date(s): 1812-1993
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 22 boxes
Name of creator(s): Longley | Katharine | b 1920 | writer x Claridge | Mary


Administrative/Biographical history:

Katharine Longley was born in Clapham, London in 1920. She was educated at Clapham Girls' High School and University College London. She became Archivist at York Minster Library until retiring in 1983. Miss Longley became an authority on recusant history and published articles on the subject in the Ampleforth Journal and Recusant History. In 1966 she published under the name of Mary Claridge (her mother's maiden name) Margaret Clitherow 1556-1586, a biography of the Catholic saint. Her recusant papers and related research material are now deposited at Ampleforth Abbey. Miss Longely also wrote about the relationship between Ellen Ternan and Charles Dickens in the unpublished A Pardoner's Tale: The Story of Dickens and Ellen Ternan and in The Dickensian, notably The Real Ellen Ternan, vol. 81 (1985).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Katharine Longley, 1812-1993, comprising research notebooks; correspondence files; material associated with the Wickham and Ternan families; photocopies of manuscript material; photocopies from periodicals; a copy of The Charles Dickens Birthday Book; material on The Mystery of Edwin Drood; typescript of A Singular Light; typescript of A Pardoner's Tale; typescripts of Charles Dickens: Towards the Truth; typescript essays; printed books; and photographs and negatives.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As described in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the collection requires the permission of the depositor. Please contact the Archivist in advance for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original, which must be assessed by a conservator. Copies cannot be made of existing photocopies due to copyright restrictions. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who require a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

A file level catalogue is available on the ULRLS catalogue, and also in hard copy form in the Special Collections reading room of Senate House Library.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Deposited by Katharine Longley.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Katharine Longley, Michael Slater.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Senate House Library also holds archives of the Ternan family (MS915).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
July 2008

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