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Kenyon, Sir Frederic George; Pafford, John Henry Pyle; and Greg, Sir Walter Wilson: letters

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL441
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Kenyon, Sir Frederic George; Pafford, John Henry Pyle; and Greg, Sir Walter Wilson: letters
Date(s): 1949-1950
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 4 items (4 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Kenyon | Sir | Frederic George | 1863-1952 | Knight | Greek and biblical scholar, and museum director
Pafford | John Henry Pyle | 1900-1996 | librarian
Greg | Sir | Walter Wilson | 1875-1959 | Knight | literary scholar and historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Frederic George Kenyon was born in London, brought up in Shropshire, and educated at Winchester College and at New College, Oxford. He began work in the manuscripts department at the British Museum in 1889 and became known as an expert on both Greek papyri and biblical texts. He was appointed director of the museum in 1909, retaining the position until he retired in 1930. Kenyon was a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Society of Antiquaries, served terms as President of the Classical Association and the Hellenic Society, and received numerous academic honours. He was knighted in 1912.

John Henry Pyle Pafford was Goldsmiths' Librarian of the University of London Library from 1945 to 1967. He published works on librarianship, including Library Cooperation in Europe (1935) and American and Canadian Libraries: some notes on a visit in the summer of 1947 (1949), and acted as an editor of The Year's Work in Librarianship during 1939-1950. He was also an editor of literary texts, notably the Arden edition of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.

Walter Wilson Greg was born in Wimbledon, Surrey, and educated at Harrow School and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He joined the Bibliographical Society in 1898 and subsequently complied several bibliographies and critical works relating to English drama and theatre, mainly from the Elizabethan and earlier periods. He was also librarian of Trinity College between 1907 and 1913. Greg was a major shareholder of and occasional contributor to The Economist magazine, founded by his maternal grandfather. He was knighted in 1950 for services to the study of literature.


Scope and content/abstract:

(1, 3) 2 letters from Sir Frederic George Kenyon of Kirksted, Godstone, Surrey to John Henry Pyle Pafford of University of London Library, 25-28 Nov 1949. (2) Note by John Henry Pyle Pafford explaining that the letters from Sir Frederic George Kenyon were in response to Pafford's suggestion that Sir Walter Wilson Greg should receive a knighthood, [1949-1950]. (4) Letter from Sir Walter Wilson Greg of Pirver Cottage, Petworth, Sussex to John Henry Pyle Pafford, 10 Jun 1950. Thanking him for his good wishes [on Greg's receipt of his knighthood]. All items are autograph, (1), (3) and (4) with signatures.

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:

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the Goldsmiths' Librarian's files, 1970.

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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:
Aug 2008

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