Catalogue of the papers of Sir Robin Day, 1950-2001

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Oliver House

2009

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Correspondence and papers, 1950-2000
    A.1  Correspondence, 1950-2000
    A.2  Miscellaneous articles, speeches, lectures and photographs, 1950-2000
B    Press cuttings and scrap books, 1956-2001
    B.1  Press cuttings, 1956-2001
    B.2  Scrap books, 1957-94
    B.3  Miscellaneous press cuttings


Papers of Sir Robin Day, 1950-2001

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of, and newscuttings collected by, Sir Robin Day (1923-2000), television broadcaster and journalist.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. a. 2032, b. 2118-29, c. 7104-13; Photogr. c. 185


Extent: 24 shelfmarks

Biographical History

See Dictionary of National Biography and Who's Who.

Scope and Content

The papers comprise scrapbooks and albums of newscuttings relating to the majority of Day's career along with typescript copies of many of his speeches and lectures, as well as correspondence and letters of congratulation from many leading figures of the period including politicians, broadcasters and lawyers.

Acquisition

Bequest, 2001.

Restrictions on Access

Family and general correspondence remains closed; earlier correspondence may be made available on application. Press cuttings May 1987- Feb. 1997 (MS. Eng. b. 2125) are closed as they include recent correspondence.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7104, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Day | Sir | Robin | 1923-2000 | broadcaster

A   Correspondence and papers, 1950-2000

A.1   Correspondence, 1950-2000

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7104-6


Family and general correspondence, 1953-91
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7104 = Res.

Extent: 247 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-67) family correspondence, 12 Dec. 1986-26 July 1991, n.d.
  • (fols. 68-247) general correspondence, 26 Aug. 1953-17 June 1958, 2 Feb. 1968-26 Sept. 1987

General correspondence, 9 Oct. 1987-11 June 1991
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7105 = Res.

Extent: 223 leaves
Separated Material: Photographs relating to fol. 101 removed to MS. Photogr. c. 185, fols. 2-3.

General correspondence, (fols. 1-177) 25 July 1991-14 July 2000, (fols. 178-97) n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7106 = Res.

Extent: 197 leaves

A.2   Miscellaneous articles, speeches, lectures and photographs, 1950-2000

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7107-8, Photogr. c. 185


Typescripts of miscellaneous articles, speeches and lectures, (fols. 1-179) 1953-24 June 1999, (fols. 180-98) n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7107

Extent: 198 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-5) 'Barristers and Solicitors: An American Proposal (From a Correspondent in the United States)' TS. copy, 1953-54
  • (fols. 6-11) 'Barristers and Solicitors: An American Proposal' amended TS., Aug 1954
  • (fols. 12-14) 'Topic for Tonight' specimen broadcast on the price of tea, 16 Dec 1954
  • (fols. 15-21) 'Going to the Bar' TS., transmission date 30 Dec 1954
  • (fols. 22-23) 'Three Years is Too Long' TS., 1954
  • (fols. 24-27) Untitled TS. on the surrender of the Mau Mau, Kenya, 1954
  • (fols. 28-29) Speech on the Suez Crisis for ITN (Independent Television News) bulletin [?], TS., 1956
  • (fols. 30-31) Bulletin on the Parliamentary debate on Suez, TS., 23 Sep 1956
  • (fols. 32-33) Broadcast on the Suez Crisis, TS., Oct 1956
  • (fols. 34-41) 'Transcript of Interview with President Nasser 29 Jun 1957 and broadcast 1 Jul 1957 11.05pm on ITN', TS. 1957
  • (fols. 42-50) TS. script on the history and achievements of ITN, 1957
  • (fols. 51-55) TS. News Chronicle article on the 1959 General Election, 1959
  • (fols. 56-61) 'Oxford Union speech by Robin Day at the Farewell Debate of Robert Jackson (President)' TS., 1967
  • (fol. 62) 'Morecombe and Wise VC [Variety Club] Lunch, Dorchester Hotel, May 1974' speech by Robin Day, printed copy, 1974
  • (fols. 63-67) 'Address given by Robin Day at the service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Ivan Yates, 27 Feb 1975' TS., 1975
  • (fol. 68) Unidentified wedding speech by Robin Day, TS., Feb 1975
  • (fols. 69-73) 'Oyster Feast' MS. speech cards, Oct 1976
  • (fols. 74-75) Transcript of BBC Nationwide interview with Rt. Hon. Sir John Knott, Secretary of State for Defence, 2 Oct 1982
  • (fols. 76-79) 'From Sir Robin Day's remarks in proposing the health of Aidan Crawley at his 79th birthday party' TS. 10 Apr 1987
  • (fols. 80-96) Speech delivered to the Churchill Club of Manchester to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill becoming Prime Mininster of the wartime coalition governemnet, TS., May 1990
  • (fols. 97-104) Address by Sir Robin Day at the Thanksgiving service for Robert Carvel, TS., Jul 1990
  • (fols. 105-112) 'Remarks in honour of the 70th birthday of the Rt. Hon. Lord Jenkins of Hillhead PC at a private dinner in the Garrick Club' TS., 12 Dec 1990
  • (fols. 113-117) Speech for Sue MacGregor, TS., 16 Sep 1991
  • (fols. 118-126) 'SEH [St.Edmunds Hall, Oxford] London' amended TS. speech cards, 12 Jan 1993
  • (fols. 127-131) 'Speech by Sir Robin Day at his 70th Birthday Luncheon in aid of the Greater London Fund for the Blind, Café Royal' TS., 26 Oct 1993
  • (fol. 132) 'Remarks by Sir Robin Day when he opened the new Pret-A-Manger for Anne and Brian Hall' TS., 7 Feb 1994
  • (fols. 133-136) 'Sir Robin Day's tribute to Aidan Crawley at the Memorial Service, St. Michael's Chapel, Chester Square' TS., 10 Feb 1994
  • (fols. 137-147) 'Garrick Annual Dinner speech by the Guest of Honour, Sir Robin Day' TS., 23 Apr 1995
  • (fols. 148-154) 'From speech by Sir Robin Day at the Royal Television Society's 1995 Convention at the concluding dinner on 16 Sept in the Great Hall, King's College, Cambridge' amended TS., Sep 1995
  • (fols. 155-156) 'John Gau's intro to Robin Day's induction to the Hall of Fame' TS., 26 Oct 1995
  • (fols. 157-161) 'Speech of Acceptance by Sir Robin Day at his election to the Hall of Fame by the Royal Television Society (BAFTA dinner)' TS., 16 Oct 1995
  • (fol. 162) 'Sir Robin Day's Appeal, Portland College' amended TS. speech cards, 1 Dec 1995
  • (fols. 163-164) 'Reflections of a humble media man by Robin Day' to the Medico-Legal Society, TS., 13 Dec 1995
  • (fols. 165-166) 'Vote of Thanks proposed by Sir Robin Day at Foyle's literary luncheon for Robert Robinson's memoirs SKIP ALL THAT' TS., 15 Oct 1996
  • (fols. 167-171) 'Speech by Sir Robin Day in proposing the toast of the Rt. Hon. Lord Mayhew of Twysden, QC, PC [Patrick Mayhew, Baron Mayhew of Twysden] at the Annual Garrick Club Dinner' TS., 19 Apr 1998
  • (fols. 172-175) 'Remarks by Sir Robin Day, chairman of Foyle's literary luncheon at the Dorchester Hotel 13 May 1998 in honour of MARILYN, HITLER AND ME the memoirs of Milton Shulman' amended TS., 1998
  • (fols. 176-179) 'Remarks by Sir Robin Day at the Bromsgrove Charter Dinner' TS., 24 Jun 1999

and

  • (fols. 180-198) Miscellaneous undated broadcasts, interviews, articles and speeches, with unidentified fragments. Includes:
  • (fol. 180) 'The Role and Responsibility of the Director-General', n.d.
  • (fol. 186) 'Life Peerages under the Royal Prerogative', n.d.
  • (fols. 188-193) 'May it Please Your Majesty', n.d.
  • (fols. 194-196) 'Looking Back', n.d.

Printed articles, (fols. 1-13) 18 Jan. 1950-12 June 1999, (fols. 14-20) n.d.; Printed Ephemera, (fols. 21-90) 20 Dec. 1950-27 May 2000, (fols. 91-137) n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7108

Extent: 137 leaves

Miscellaneous photographs
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 185, fols 1-7

Scope and Content:
  • (fol. 1) 1956 interview with Marilyn Monroe for ITN
  • (fols. 2-3) Two photographs relating to MS. Eng. c. 7105, fol. 101
  • (fol. 4) Sir Robin Day and HM Queen Elizabeth II, the unveiling of Eric Morecombe's statue. Morecombe, Lancashire, 23 July 1999
  • (fols. 5-7) Three photographs of Sir Robin Day addressing HM Queen Elizabeth II and guests at the Mansion House 'Lunch of the Century'. London, 2 Nov. 1999

B   Press cuttings and scrap books, 1956-2001

B.1   Press cuttings, 1956-2001

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2118-26, c. 7109-11


Loose press cuttings, (fols. 1-54) 16 Nov. 1956-16 July 2001, (fols. 55-65) n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7109

Extent: 65 leaves

Album (4) miscellaneous cuttings, 16 Feb. 1957-Aug. 1959, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c.7110

Extent: 94 leaves

Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 22 Feb. 1957-13 Apr. 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2118

Extent: 91 leaves

Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, (fols. 1-153) 10 Mar. 1966-11 Dec. 1969, (fol. 154) n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2119

Extent: 154 leaves

Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 15 Jan. 1970-25 Dec. 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2120

Extent: 128 leaves

Scope and Content:

Fols. 124-5 relate to Contempt of Court Committee.


Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 1 Jan. 1972-30 Dec. 1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2121

Extent: 161 leaves

Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 11 Feb. 1974-1 Aug. 1975
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2122

Extent: 145 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-22) the General Election, Feb. 1974
  • (fols. 24-38) the General Election, Oct. 1974
  • (fols. 42-53) the Phillimore Committee on Contempt, published Dec. 1974

Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 7 Jan. 1976-10 Dec. 1977
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7111

Extent: 83 leaves

Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 20 Feb. 1978-20 Dec. 1982
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2123

Extent: 157 leaves

Scope and Content:

Fols. 16-49 relate to the General Election, 1979.


Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 9 Jan. 1983-31 Dec. 1987
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2124

Extent: 159 leaves

Scope and Content:

Fols. 10-36 relate to the General Election, 1983.


Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 12 May 1987-Feb. 1997
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2125 = Res.

Extent: 201 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-33) cuttings relating to the General Election, 1987
  • (fol. 183v) photograph taken for the 1994 NCR Book Award, showing the panel of judges; (L-R) Prof. Steve Jones, Clare Short MP, Sir Robin Day, Sue Lawley and Simon Heffer

Album containing miscellaneous cuttings, 23 Apr. 1995-27 Apr. 2000
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2126

Extent: 244 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

(fols. 128v-129v) photographs taken at the Mansion House 'Lunch of the Century', 2 Nov. 1999

Correspondence and speeches not copied to MS. Eng. b. 2129 due to conservation restriction, including:

  • (fols. 42-128 passim) miscellaneous correspondence
  • (fols. 81-4) 'Remarks by Sir Robin Day at the Bromsgrove Charter Dinner', 24 June 1999
  • (fols. 88-100) publicity schedule for Speaking for Myself, May-Oct. 1999
  • (fol. 130-1) 'May it please Your Majesty', the Mansion House speech, 2 Nov. 1999
  • (fols. 132-9) Speech by Sir Robin Day after the Lord Mayor's luncheon for 350 British 'achievers'
  • (fols. 141-8) Remarks by Sir Robin Day at the eightieth birthday dinner given at Brook's Club by Caroline Gilmour and Lord Jenkins of Hillhead for Sir Ludovic Kennedy, 8 Nov. 1999

B.2   Scrap books, 1957-94

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. a. 2032, b. 2127-9, c. 7112-3


Album containing cuttings relating to Tell the People, 14 Dec. 1957-28 June 1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7112

Extent: 92 leaves

Album containing cuttings relating to Roving Report, 7 Mar. 1957-19 Mar. 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7113

Extent: 100 leaves

Album containing cuttings relating to the General Election 1959 (Hereford Division)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. a. 2032

Extent: 63 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence not copied to MS. Eng. b. 2129 due to conservation restriction.

  • (fols. 15-16) letters from David Gibson-Watt, Conservative Candidate, 24 Sept. 1959, n.d.
  • (fols. 38-41) letters regarding Robin Day's Liberal candidature, 3-5 Oct. 1959

Album containing cuttings, correspondence and other materials relating to Day by Day and Question Time
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2127

Extent: 172 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-70) Day by Day, 1975. Includes (fol. 54) a photograph of Sir Robin Day and company (unknown), c.1975
  • (fols. 71-172) Question Time, 21 Sept. 1979-14 Jan. 1994

Album containing cuttings, correspondence and other materials relating to Grand Inquisitor Memoirs and But With Respect, 1989-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2128

Extent: 196 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of

  • (fol. 28) Sir Robin Day and Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith at the English Speaking Union Literary Luncheon, 30 Oct. 1989
  • (fol. 31) Norman Tebbit, Sir Robin Day and Austin Mitchell, c.1989
  • (fol. 42v) Lord Hailsham and Sir Robin Day at the lunch held to celebrate the publication of Grand Inquisitor Memoirs, 1 Nov. 1989
  • (fol. 44v) Roy Hattersley, Sir Robin Day, Lord Hailsham and Lord Callaghan at the launch luncheon for Grand Inquisitor Memoirs, 1 Nov. 1989
  • (fol. 50) Sir Robin Day taken at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge by Brendon Kelly, c.1989

With correspondence and papers not copied to MS. Eng. b. 2129 due to conservation restriction

  • (fol. 87v) letter from Lord Callaghan, 14 Feb. 1993
  • (fols. 132-5) publicity schedule for But With Respect, 1994

B.3   Miscellaneous press cuttings

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. b. 2129


Miscellaneous press cuttings removed or copied from press cuttings albums and scrap books
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2129

Extent: 147 leaves

Scope and Content:

Loose cuttings

  • (fols. 1-15) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2032
  • (fols. 16-28) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2118
  • (fols. 29-33) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2125
  • (fols. 34-46) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2128
  • (fols. 47-8) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2126, including (fol. 47) letter to The Daily Telegraph, 19 June 1999, published 21 June 1999(?)

Photocopies of correspondence

  • (fols. 49-50) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2122
  • (fols. 51-8) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2124
  • (fols. 59-75) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2125 = Res.
  • (fols. 76-103) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2126
  • (fols. 104-15) relating to Day by Day, taken from MS. Eng. b. 2127
  • (fols. 116-47) taken from MS. Eng. b. 2128, including (fols. 118-27) speeches made at the lunch held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, 1 Nov. 1989, to celebrate the launch of Grand Inquisitor Memoirs and (fols. 128-29) book promotion diary, June-Dec. 1989

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