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Joad, Cyril Edward Mitchinson: letters (1947)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL193
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Joad, Cyril Edward Mitchinson: letters (1947)
Date(s): 1947
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 items (2 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Joad | Cyril Edwin Mitchinson | 1891-1953 | philosopher


Administrative/Biographical history:

Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad was born in Durham and educated at Balliol College, Oxford. He joined the Fabian Society whilst still a student. After graduating, he joined the civil service and worked for the Board of Trade for more than 15 years; during this time he wrote many articles and reviews, and several books on philosophy. In 1930 he left the Board of Trade to become head of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, a position he held for many years. Joad's personal life was unconventional: he left his wife after 6 years of marriage and subsequently had many short-term relationships. His left-wing political views, support for divorce, abortion and Sunday trading, and opposition to war and religion made him controversial during his lifetime, though many of his views changed during the last 5 years of his life. He became well known to the public as a regular panellist on the BBC radio programme The Brains Trust.


Scope and content/abstract:

2 letters from Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad of 4 East Heath Road, Hampstead, London NW3 to G F Troup Horne, 19-20 Feb 1947. (1) 'It is wholly like yourself to have done such a thing and the only possible return that I can make is to get the new cartoons framed as soon as possible and try and get you to come to another lunch to admire them'. (2) Accepting an invitation to dinner. Written in another hand and signed by Joad.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

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. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. 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.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inserted in the Goldsmith's Library copy of Bath Penitentiary and Lock Hospital - classmark: [G.L.] B.816.

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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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