Catalogue of working papers of David Ayerst (1904-1992), for his biography of J.L. Garvin

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Papers of David Ayerst (1904-1992), for his biography of J.L. Garvin, [1894-1947], n.d.

Undated working papers of David Ayerst (1904-1992), for his biography of J.L. Garvin, Garvin of the Observer (London & Dover, N.H., 1985). The collection contains material excluded from the published version, and some copies of original material, late 19th-early 20th cent.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 4825-4827
Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Biographical History

David Ayerst (fl 1971-1991) edited an anthology of Guardian writings, entitled The Guardian Omnibus, an anthology of 150 years of Guardian writing (London: 1971), to mark the newspaper's 150th anniversary. He also edited The Guardian Omnibus, 1821-1971 (London: 1973). James Garvin wrote for The Observer between 1907 and 1942. He was appointed editor in 1908.


Given to the Library by David Ayerst in 1991.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 4825, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Ayerst | David | fl 1971-1991 | writer
Garvin | James Louis | 1868-1947 | newspaper editor

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

The Guardian
The Observer

Subjects (LCSH)

Journalists -- Great Britain -- 20th century

Descriptive List

Annotated typescript of Ayerst's biography of J.L. Garvin
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4825
376 leaves.

Photocopies of correspondence, 1914-1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4826
292 leaves
Scope and Content:

Correspondence, mainly between Garvin and his son Roland Gerard (Ged) who died in 1916

Miscellaneous papers, 1894-1947, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4827
102 leaves.
Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous papers, mainly photocopies of letters, articles and newspaper cuttings

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13 January 2014