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Fairbank, Alfred John: letter

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL 480
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Fairbank, Alfred John: letter
Date(s): 1974
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): Fairbank | Alfred John | 1895-1982 | calligrapher


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alfred John Fairbank was born in Grimsby , Lincolnshire, in 1895 and brought up in Gillingham, Kent. He joined the civil service aged 15, initially working as a writer at Chatham dockyard, where a colleague introduced him to calligraphy. Whilst working at the Admiralty in London in th 1920s, Fairbank was able to study handwriting formally, becoming an acknowledged expert in both the study and practice of calligraphy and the author of several books on the subject, as well as a founder-member of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. He was awarded the CBE in 1951 and died in 1982.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Alfred John Fairbank, 1974, comprise a letter to Joan [Mary Gibbs], commenting on their respective states of health. 'I miss visits to the Palaeographical Room [in the University of London Library, Senate House] which so often gave me help and interest'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 item.

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. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

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:
April 2008

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