Archive of the Historic Towns Trust

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Original catalogue by Rob Petre. EAD version by Harriet Costelloe
2016



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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Papers relating to governance and administration 1971-2013
    A.1   Minutes and related papers 1993-2013
    A.2   Legal papers 1971-2012
    A.3   Administrative papers 1990-2012
B   Papers relating to projects on individual cities and towns 1966-2012
    B.1   Material relating to atlas projects 1966-2012
C   Miscellaneous 2004


Archive of the Historic Towns Trust

1965-2013

Abstract:
Archive of the Historic Towns Trust (1965-2013), a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which was set up to advance education and knowledge into the history and topography of cities and towns in Great Britain through research and publications of Historic Town Atlases and other related maps and works.

Extent: 39 boxes, 39 physical shelfmarks; 2 digital shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Organisational History

The Historic Towns Trust was established in 1965 as part of the International Commission for European Towns with the aim of providing historical maps of British towns. The British Committee of Historic Towns was originally chaired by Dr W. A. Pantin and the general editor of the volumes was Mrs M. D. Lobel. The first volume, comprising maps of Banbury, Caernarvon, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Nottingham and Salisbury was published in 1969 and the second comprising Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry and Norwich in 1975. The third volume, which provided maps of London in the period up to 1520, was published in 1989 and the fourth volume, on Windsor and Eton, in 2015. Future publications will cover York (2015), Winchester (2016) and Oxford (2017).

The creation of these atlases was the work of many different authors and entailed much correspondence and exchanges of information, some of which is preserved in the archive. Many draft maps were compiled before the final versions were agreed and published. The cartographic publishing firm of Lovell Johns, set up by Colonel Henry Johns, who was the topographical mapping editor of the historic maps in the first three volumes, has deposited many of these early draft maps (the bulk of them relating to London) in this archive. These draft maps demonstrate Colonel Johns’ remarkable mapping techniques. The cartographic techniques used for the first three volumes have now been superseded by digital technology and will be of interest to the historian of cartographic production.

The archive also contains the formal minutes of the meetings of the Trust and its subordinate committees.

Rob Petre, October 2015

Scope and Content

The archive consists of papers relating to the governance and administration of the Historic Towns Trust, legal papers and administrative papers, as well as papers relating to projects on individual cities and towns.

Acquisition

Given by the Historic Towns Trust, 17 Sep 2014

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. HTT/A 1/1/1-33

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Historic Towns Trust | charitable incorporated organisation

Subject(s)

Cities and towns | Great Britain | Maps

A   Papers relating to governance and administration 1971-2013

A.1   Minutes and related papers 1993-2013

A.1.1   Historic Towns Committee 1994-2012

Agenda and minutes of the Historic Towns Commitee
Date: 1994-2012
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 1/1/1-33
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Agenda and minutes of the Historic Towns Commitee
Date: 2003-2011
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 1/1/34-47
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.1.2   Executive Sub-Committee 2010-2012

Minutes of the Executive Sub-Committee of the Historic Towns Committee
Date: 2010-2012
Shelfmark: HTT/A 1/2/1-6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.1.3   Background papers for Committee meetings 1993-2013

Meeting papers
Date: 1993-2006
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 1/3/1-3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Meeting papers
Date: 2005-2009
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 1/3/4-7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Meeting papers
Date: 2008-2012
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 1/3/8-11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Meeting papers
Date: 2010-2013
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 1/3/12-13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Meeting papers
Date: 2011-2013
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 1/3/14-16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.2   Legal papers 1971-2012

A.2.1   Trust deeds, contracts and agreements 1971-2012

Trust deeds, contracts and agreements
Date: 1971-2012
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 2/1/1, 2/2/1-3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.3   Administrative papers 1990-2012

A.3.1   Correspondence 1997-2012

Correspondence
Date: 1997-2009
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 3/1/1-4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Correspondence
Date: 2010-2012
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 3/1/5-7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.3.2   Accounts and personal papers 1997-2012

Accounts and personal papers
Date: 1997-2012
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 3/2/1, 3/3/1-4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.3.3   Design and Formats 1990-2010

Design and Formats
Date: 1990-2010
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 3/4/1-6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Born-digital examples of town plans for Windsor, York and Chester
Date: 2010
Shelfmark: MS. HTT digital 1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

A.3.4   Publishers and Cartographers 2004-2011

Publishers and Cartographers
Date: 2004-2008
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 3/5/1-4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Publishers and Cartographers
Date: 2007-2011
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 3/5/5-10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A.3.5   Co-operative projects and membership 1995-2012

Co-operative projects and membership
Date: 1995-2012
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/A 3/6/1-5, 3/7/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B   Papers relating to projects on individual cities and towns 1966-2012

B.1   Material relating to atlas projects 1966-2012

B.1.1   Material relating to atlas projects for Banbury and Birmingham 1966-1994

Material relating to atlas projects for Banbury and Birmingham
Date: 1966-1994
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 1/1-6, 2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.2   Material relating to an atlas project for Edinburgh 2008-2009

Material relating to an atlas project for Edinburgh
Date: 2008-2009
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 4/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.3   Material relating to an atlas project for London 1968-2008

B.1.3.a   Administrative papers 1968-2008

Administrative papers
Date: 1968-1989
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/1/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Proof map of London in c.1520
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/1/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Published map of London in c.1520
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/1/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Colour map, with introduction by Professor Caroline Barron.

Administrative papers
Date: 1988-2008
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/1/5-8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.3.b   Cartographic material, used in the production of the maps themselves 1980s

Cartographic material
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/2/1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Cartographic material
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/2/2/1-3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Transparency bundles of areas around London and Ordnance Survey base vignette, including transparencies for the city of London c.1520 map and transparencies of streets and buildings, 1980s

Photocopy of Ordnance Survey map showing River Thames, London Bridge to Wapping
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/2/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Facsimile edition of ‘London Survey’d’ by John Ogilby and William Morgan, 1677
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/2/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

With box of slides of map details and loose transparencies

Envelope labelled ‘Historic Towns London. Country Life’
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/2/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes black and white photograph of Gough Map 8, centred on Grace Church Street and sets of transparencies labelled ‘Guildhall’, ‘Bridge’ and ‘St Paul’s’

Cartographic material
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/2/12-17
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.3.c   Maps 1980s

Display maps
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 5/3/1 (1-5)
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.4   Material relating to atlas projects for Oxford, Portsmouth and St Albans 2004-2008

Material relating to atlas projects for Oxford, Portsmouth and St Albans
Date: 2004-2008
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 6/1-2, 7/1, 8/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.5   Material relating to an atlas project for Southampton 1968-1989

B.1.5.a   Administrative papers, sources, articles for publication and maps 1968-1989

Administrative papers and sources
Date: 1968-1985
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 9/1/1-5, 9/2/1-7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Sources
Date: 1980s
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 9/2/8-33, 9/3/1, 9/4/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.6   Material relating to an atlas project for Winchester 1997-2010

Material relating to an atlas project for Winchester
Date: 1997-2010
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 10/1-4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.7   Material relating to an atlas project for Windsor & Eton 2007-2012

Material relating to an atlas project for Windsor & Eton
Date: 2007-2011
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 11/1-3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Material relating to an atlas project for Windsor & Eton
Date: 2011-2012
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 11/4-10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

B.1.8   Material relating to an atlas project for York 1990-2011

B.1.8.a   Administrative papers 1990-2011

Administrative papers
Date: 1990-2009
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 12/1/1-8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Administrative papers
Date: 2002-2011
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 12/1/9-16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Born digital files on the atlas project for York
Date: 2001-2003
Shelfmark: MS. HTT digital 2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

B.1.8.b   Sources, maps and illustrations 2000-2010

Sources, maps and illustrations
Date: 2000-2010
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/P 12/2/1-3, 12/3/1, 12/5/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

C   Miscellaneous 2004

Photographs of Historic Towns Committee Christmas dinner
Date: 17 Dec 2004
Shelfmark: MS. HTT/X 1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box


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