Catalogue of correspondence of Cordelia Curle, with additional papers of H.A.L. Fisher and additional Fisher family papers, 1810, 1844, 1862-1957, 1972, 1992

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Matthew Neely

2008

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Correspondence of Cordelia Curle, c.1890-1955
B    Additional papers of H.A.L. Fisher, 1879, 1890-1943
    B.1  Political papers, 1916-22, 1943
    B.2  Correspondence, 1876, 1879, 1890-37
    B.3  Miscellaneous papers, mainly 1925-43
C    Additional Fisher family papers, 1810, 1845, 1862-1947, 1957, 1972, 1992
    C.1  Diaries and papers of Mary Fisher, 1897-1915
    C.2  Other Fisher family papers, 1810, 1845, 1862-1947, 1957, 1972


Correspondence of Cordelia Curle, with additional papers of H.A.L. Fisher and additional Fisher family papers, 1810, 1844, 1862-1957, 1972

Abstract:
Correspondence of Cordelia Curle (1879-1970), with additional papers of H.A.L Fisher (1865-1940), historian and politician, and additional papers of the Fisher family.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7382-83, d. 3772-84, e. 3635-48; MS. Photogr. c. 457

Extent: 30 shelfmarks

Family history

Herbert William Fisher (1826-1903) served as the personal tutor to the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, during his undergraduate studies at Christ Church, Oxford. From 1860-70 he acted as his private secretary. In 1870 he was appointed Vice-Warden of the Stannaries. His wife Mary Louisa Jackson's family included a number of prominent Victorian figures, notably her aunt Julia Margaret Cameron. Together they had eleven children.

Cordelia (1879-1970) was the youngest of the four daughters. In 1912 she married the traveller and writer Richard Curle with whom she had one son, Adam Curle (1916-2006). The couple divorced in 1922.

For H.A.L. Fisher, see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. For the catalogue of the main archive, see M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975, (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 46901-47151 (see the collection-level description).

Sir William Wordsworth Fisher (1875-1937) joined the Royal Navy in 1890 and rose to the rank of Vice-Admiral. (See DNB for a full biography).

Charles Dennis Fisher (1887-1916) served as Senior Censor at Christ Church, Oxford, 1910-14. At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Red Cross and served as an orderly and interpreter on the Western Front. In August 1915 he joined the Royal Navy. He was killed at the battle of Jutland in May 1916. Edmund Fisher (1871-1918), an architect by profession, also died on active service during the war in 1918.

Amongst the other Fisher children, Adeline (1870-1951) married the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edwin (1883-1947) became Chairman of Barclays Bank.

Scope and Content

The papers comprise A. Correspondence of Cordelia Curle, c. 1890-1955; B. Additional papers of H.A.L. Fisher, 1879, 1890-1943; C. Additional Fisher family papers, 1810, 1845, 1862-1947, 1957, 1972, 1992.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition

Given by Mary Bennett and Adam Curle, 2001-2, 2004, 2005.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d 3772, fols. 1-2].

Family names (NCA Rules)

Fisher | family

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Curle | Cordelia | 1879-1970 | née Fisher | wife of Richard Curle
Fisher | Herbert Albert Laurens | 1865-1940 | historian and statesman

A   Correspondence of Cordelia Curle, c.1890-1955

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3772-6, e. 3635


Correspondence with her sister Adeline Vaughan Williams, 1916-18, 1929-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3772
Extent: 149 leaves

Correspondence with her sister Adeline Vaughan Williams, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3773
Extent: 224 leaves

Letters from the Fisher family, 1898, 1905-15
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3635
Extent: 165 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-102) from her mother Mary Fisher, 1909-15, mainly n.d.
  • (fols. 103-107) from her brother Hervey Fisher, 1898, 1905, 1907
  • (fols. 118-165) from her brother Charles Fisher, 1905-11, n.d.

Letters from the Fisher family, [1890s-1900s], 1917-18, 1931, 1933-8, 1956, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3774
Extent: 128 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-72) from her brother Edwin Fisher, n.d. [1890s-1900s], 1917-18
  • (fols. 73-6) from her brother Edmund Fisher, 1918, n.d.
  • (fols. 77-85) from her brother Sir William Fisher 1916, 1931, 1934
  • (fol. 86-8) from her sister-in-law Cecilia, Lady Fisher, 1936
  • (fols. 89-92) from her brother H.A.L. Fisher, c.1933, 1938, n.d.
  • (fols. 93-6) from her sister Emmeline Morris, n.d.
  • (fols. 97-114) from her son, Adam Curle, 1956, n.d., with miscellaneous correspondence and poetry, 1935-6, n.d., of Adam Curle including (fol. 112) letter from H.AL. Fisher
  • (fols. 115-24) from her niece Racy Fisher, 1935-7, [1940], 1955
  • (fols. 125-8) from her niece Mary Fisher (later Bennett), 1937

Letters from other family members, and members of the Tennyson family, 1898-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3775
Extent: 127 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-19) from her brother-in-law Ralph Vaughan Williams and his second wife Ursula, 1954-7
  • (fols. 20-24) from her cousin Virginia Stephen (later Woolf), 1898, 1905
  • (fols. 25-59) from Sir Richmond Ritchie and Anne, Lady Ritchie, 1906-17
  • (fols. 60-127) from the Tennyson family, 1911-54
    • (fols. 60-81) Sir Charles Tennyson, 1911-54
    • (fols. 82-92) Frederick Penrose Tennyson, 1932, with school essay on the nineteenth century, c.1929
    • (fols. 93-99) Ivy Tennyson, 1933
    • (fols. 100-115) Charles Julian Tennyson, 1935-44
    • (fols. 116-126) Hallam Tennyson, 1944-5, 1955, mainly n.d.
    • (fol. 127) Margot Tennyson, 1946

Miscellaneous correspondence 1898, 1907, 1912-28, 1933-58
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3776
Extent: 105 leaves

B   Additional papers of H.A.L. Fisher, 1879, 1890-1943

B.1   Political papers, 1916-22, 1943

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 7382


Correspondence and papers, 1916-22, 1943
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7382
Extent: 265 leaves

B.2   Correspondence, 1876, 1879, 1890-37

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3777-78, e. 3636-37


Letters from his parents H.W. and Mary Fisher, 1876, 1879, June 1890-Oct. 1893
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3636
Extent: 179 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes notes and annotations by Mary Bennett.


Correspondence with his parents H.W. and Mary Fisher, Nov. 1893-Mar. 1894
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3777
Extent: 148 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes notes and annotations by Mary Bennett.


Correspondence with his parents H.W. and Mary Fisher, Apr. 1894-Mar. 1899, [1903], [1916], n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3778
Extent: 215 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes notes and annotations by Mary Bennett.


Other family and miscellaneous correspondence, 1879, 1890-1918, 1936-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3637
Extent: 91 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1- 22) letters from his grandmother Maria Jackson 1879, 1890-1
  • (fols. 23-4) letter from his brother Hervey Fisher, 1899
  • (fols. 25-6) letter from his brother Charles Fisher, [1915]
  • (fols. 27-31) letters his brother William Fisher, [1915-16]
  • (fols. 32-34) letters from his brother Edwin Fisher, 1918, n.d.
  • (fols. 35-57) letters from his aunt Julia Stephen, 1879, 1892-4, n.d.
  • (fols. 58-63) letters from his uncle Sir Leslie Stephen, 1889, 1894
  • (fols. 64-66) letter from his cousin George Duckworth, 1879
  • (fols. 67-72) letters from his cousin Stella Duckworth, 1895
  • (fols. 73-81) letters to his wife Lettice Fisher, [1890s-1930s]
  • (fols. 82-91) miscellaneous correspondence, 1891, 1893, 1936-7

B.3   Miscellaneous papers, mainly 1925-43

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3779-80, e. 3638-9


H.A.L. and Lettice Fishers' visitors' book, 1925-43
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3779
Extent: 64 leaves

H.A.L. and Lettice Fishers' dinner seating plans; draft room plans for New College Warden's Lodge, 1929-39, [1941-3]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3780
Extent: 112 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-99) H.A.L. and Lettice Fishers' dinner seating plans, 1929-39
  • (fols. 100-112) draft room plans [removed from visitors' book] for New College Warden's Lodge, [1941-3]

Passport, 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3638
Extent: 1 item

Envelopes, 1891-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3639
Extent: 73 leaves

C   Additional Fisher family papers, 1810, 1845, 1862-1947, 1957, 1972, 1992

C.1   Diaries and papers of Mary Fisher, 1897-1915

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3781-2, e. 3640-6


Diary, 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3640
Extent: 148 leaves

Diary, 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3641
Extent: 49 leaves

Diary, 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3642
Extent: 53 leaves

Diary, 1905
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3643
Extent: 76 leaves

Diary, 1909
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3644
Extent: 78 leaves

Diary, 1910
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3645
Extent: 86 leaves

Diary, 1915
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3646
Extent: 158 leaves

Family correspondence, 1897, 1902, 1908, 1910-16, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3781
Extent: 169 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-6) letter from her husband H.W. Fisher, n.d.
  • (fols. 7-16) letters from her son Hervey Fisher, 1902, 1908, n.d.
  • (fols. 17-139) letters from her son Charles Fisher, 1908-16, n.d.
  • (fol. 140) letter from her son Edwin Fisher, 1910
  • (fols. 141-156) letters from her son Edmund Fisher and miscellaneous papers concerning him, 1915, 1917, n.d.
  • (fols. 157-158) letters from her son William Fisher, 1915
  • (fols. 159-160) letter from her daughter Adeline Vaughan Williams, n.d.
  • (fols. 161-165) letters from her brother-in-law Sir Leslie Stephen, 1897, 1902
  • (fols. 166-168) letter concerning her from Julia Margaret Cameron to [ Alfred, 1st Baron Tennyson?], n.d.

Miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1891-2, 1906, 1915
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3782
Extent: 40 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-4) letters from Coventry Patmore, 1891-2
  • (fols. 5-27) miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1906, 1915-6
  • (fols. 28-40) miscellaneous verses of poetry concerning the First World War, [1915-6?]

C.2   Other Fisher family papers, 1810, 1845, 1862-1947, 1957, 1972

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 7383, d. 3783-4, e. 3647-8; MS. Photogr. c. 457


Correspondence of H.W. Fisher, 1887-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3647
Extent: 121 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-11) letters from his son Edmund Fisher and others 1887, 1895, n.d.
  • (fols. 12-121) letters to Blanche Clough, 1862-9, 1877, 1902, n.d.

Hervey Fisher's notebook, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3648
Extent: 42 leaves

Correspondence of and relating to Charles Fisher, 1904, 1912-17
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7383
Extent: 90 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-22) miscellaneous correspondence of Charles Fisher, 1904, 1912-16, n.d.
  • (fols. 23-33) work on the poetry of Thomas Hardy by Charles Fisher, n.d.
  • (fols. 34-89) correspondence and papers concerning Charles Fisher, 1916-17, n.d.

Transcribed copy of Charles Fisher's First World War diary, 1914-16
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3783
Extent: 28 leaves

Miscellaneous Fisher family correspondence and papers, 1810, 1844, 1862-4, 1889-1972, 1992
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3784
Extent: 210 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-3) letter to Maria Jackson from her son-in-law H.W. Fisher, 1862
  • (fols. 4-24) letters to Maria Jackson from Coventry Patmore, 1862-4, [1877?], 1890-1
  • (fols. 25-75) letters to Adeline Vaughan Williams [possibly passed to Cordelia Curle], 1889, 1893, 1897, 1914, 1949, n.d., including letters
    • (fols. 25-32) from her father H.W. Fisher, 1897, n.d.
    • (fols. 33-62) from her brother Hervey Fisher, 1889, 1893, 1914, n.d.
    • (fols. 63-70) from her brother Edmund Fisher, 1917, n.d.
  • (fols. 76-114) Correspondence, 1890, Nov. 1923, [Jan. 1924?], of Lettice Fisher, including letters to her mother Jessie, Lady Ilbert with (fols. 97-114) an article concerning the letters by Mary Bennett for Thursley Historical Society, [2005]
  • (fols. 115-116) letter to Hervey Fisher concerning his application to Balliol College, Oxford, 1891
  • (fols. 117-123) Correspondence of Sir William Fisher, including letter from Charles Fisher, 1915-16
  • (fols. 124-142) correspondence and papers concerning Sir William Fisher, 1936, 1938, 1942-3, n.d.
  • (fols. 143-156) letters to Mary Bennett, including Ursula Vaughan Williams, 1971, 1992
  • (fols. 157-171) memorial service programmes for H.A.L. Fisher, 1940, and Edwin Fisher, 1947
  • (fols. 172-210) miscellaneous family correspondence and papers, 1810, 1844, 1893, 1902, 1933, 1939, 1957, 1972, n.d.

Photographs, [1860s-1930s]
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 457
Extent: 64 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 40-51) carte-de-visites by Julia Margaret Cameron of
    • (fols. 40-1) Sir Henry Taylor
    • (fols. 42-3) Prince Dejatch Alamayou of Abyssinia, 1868
    • (fols. 44-5) Prince Dejatch Alamayou of Abyssinia and Tristram Speedy, 1868
    • (fols. 46-7) Kate Keown, [c. 1866]
    • (fols. 48-9) 'The Minstrel Group', 1867
    • (fols. 50-1) Annie Cameron, 1869

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