Archive of Mabel FitzGerald

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Svenja Kunze
2017


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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Papers of Mabel FitzGerald 1878-1978, n.d.
    A.1   Personal papers 1878-1974, n.d.
    A.2   Scientific and professional papers 1896-1978, n.d.
B   Papers of the Purefoy FitzGerald Family 1667-1973, 2016, n.d.
    B.1   Correspondence 1667-1956, n.d.
    B.2   Diaries and notebooks 1756-1945, n.d.
    B.3   Other family papers 1687-1973, 2016, n.d.
C   Photographs and other image material 1796-1966, n.d.


Archive of Mabel FitzGerald

1667-2016

Abstract:
Archive of Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald (1872–1973), physiologist and clinical pathologist, with family papers.

Extent: 18 Linear metres, 124 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 1-124

Biography

Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald was born 3 August 1872, the youngest child of Richard Purefoy FitzGerald and his wife Henrietta Mary, nee Chester. Whilst her two brothers pursued navy and academic careers respectively, Mabel FitzGerald, along with her four sisters, was educated at the family home North Hall in Preston Candover, Hampshire, and grew up to live the life of a country lady. After both parents died unexpectedly in 1895 and the eldest brother inherited the family estate, the five FitzGerald sisters moved from Preston Candover to live in Shalstone, Buckinghamshire, with their grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise, a 'learned lady' who corresponded with the poet Robert Browning and other literary and intellectual figures of the time.

In 1896 the FitzGerald sisters moved to Oxford to share a house in Crick Road, and Mabel FitzGerald started attending classes in histology, physiology and other pre-medical subjects at the University of Oxford. She did so unofficially, as women were not yet admitted to study for a science degree, but soon impressed her tutors with her thoroughness, dedication and critical spirit. From 1899 she went on to research positions at Oxford in with Gustav Mann in histology and with Francis Gotch in neurophysiology/neuroanatomy, and in 1901/1902 worked with Georges Dreyer at the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen on staining methods for bacteria. From 1905 to 1908 FitzGerald worked in Oxford with J.S. Haldane on the physiology of the respiratory system, and with William Osler and James Ritchie on clinical bacteriology and pathology. She then travelled to North America on a Rockefeller fellowship to work with Hideo Naguchi in New York on bacteriology, and with A.B. Macallum in Toronto on gastroenterology, discovering the origin of hydrochloric acid in the gastric tubules.

In 1911 FitzGerald was invited by J.S. Haldane to participate in the subsequently celebrated medical expedition to Pikes Peak, Colorado, to study the effects of altitude on the respiratory system. Whilst the men in the expedition team went up the mountain to set up their laboratory in the summit house and study the acclimatization to altitude in themselves over five weeks, FitzGerald travelled extensively in Colorado to investigate the state of full acclimatization in men and women long resident in remote mining towns at altitudes between 5000 ft and 14,000 ft. Two years later FitzGerald travelled in North Carolina to gather data for lower altitudes and compare them with the Colorado results. Her observations on The Changes in the Breathing and the Blood at Various High Altitudes and Further Observations on the Changes in the Breathing and the Blood at Various High Altitudes, published 1913 and 1914, are what she became most recognized for. Her findings remain the accepted account until today of how PACO2 and haemoglobin vary with altitude in full acclimatization. Alongside her extensive lab and field work, Mabel FitzGerald continued to attend lectures and demonstrations, and by 1910 had completed at least 900 hours of courses in physiology, histology, pathology and chemistry, along with three years of clinical classes with Osler. Still, when she applied to study medicine at Cornell University Medical College she was rejected for not having the necessary qualifications. By 1915, the time of her second application to medical school, this time at New York, she had attended at least another 800 hours of classes, including preparatory school lessons to make up for her lack of formal school education, but again she was rejected.

In summer 1915 FitzGerald returned from the USA to Britain to take up a position as Clinical Pathologist at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, deputising for the male post holder who had gone to war. During her four years in this post, she kept attending medical classes and lectures. In 1920 FitzGerald was appointed Lecturer in Practical Bacteriology at the School of Medicine of the Royal Colleges in Edinburgh, and for years also sat on the Board of Management of the school.

In the mid-1930s, she retired to Oxford to care for her ageing sisters, who, all unmarried, still lived together in their house in Crick Road. For more than two decades, Mabel FitzGerald was almost forgotten by scientists, until her work was rediscovered in the course of the centenary celebrations of her mentor Haldane’s birthday in 1960. But it took until her own hundredth birthday in 1972 before FitzGerald received academic recognition for her scientific work. She was finally awarded an honorary M.A. from Oxford University, and she was made a member of the British Physiological Society, with her papers being quoted for comment in the 1973 Oxford University examinations.

Mabel FitzGerald died of bronchopneumonia at 12 Crick Road, Oxford, on 24 August 1973, and was buried in Shalstone, Buckinghamshire.

Scope and Content

The archive comprises Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald's personal and scientific papers, spanning her lifetime, as well as family papers of the Purefoys, Jervoises, FitzGeralds and related families, mainly of the 19th century, but occasionally dating back to the 17th and 18th century and including some 20th century material.

Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was deposited in two tranches in 1973 and 1974 and converted to a gift by Mabel FitzGerald's grandnephew, Geoffrey Purefoy, in 2001. Further material was donated by Geoffrey Purefoy in 2016.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark or page reference, e.g. MS. Mabel FitzGerald 1].

Family name(s) (NCA Rules)

Purefoy FitzGerald | Family

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

FitzGerald | Mabel Purefoy | 1872-1973 | physiologist and clinical pathologist

Place name(s) (NCA Rules)

Pikes Peak (Colo.)
Preston Candover | Hampshire
Shalstone | Buckinghamshire

Subject(s)

Bacteriology
Gastroenterology
Medicine
Neuroanatomy
Pathology
Physiology
Respiration
Science
Universities and colleges -- England -- Oxford
Women in science

A   Papers of Mabel FitzGerald 1878-1978, n.d.

Scope and Content

Papers of Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald (1872-1973), comprising personal papers (correspondence with family and friends, diaries and notebooks, other personal and biographical papers including FitzGerald's education outside university, and the late recognition of her scientific work), and scientific and professional papers (lecture notes and clinical notes, research papers, professional correspondence, papers relating to academic career and employment).

A.1   Personal papers 1878-1974, n.d.

A.1.1   Correspondence 1878-1973, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 1-15

Correspondence with family, Catharine FitzGerald
Date: 1889-1946 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence by Catharine 'Katie' Purefoy FitzGerald to her sister Mabel:

Correspondence with family, Geraldine, Mary and Laura FitzGerald
Date: 1889-1930 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence by Geraldine Mary, Mary Frances, and Laura (Purefoy) FitzGerald and to their sister Mabel:

Correspondence with family, Richard and Henry FitzGerald
Date: 1888-1948 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence by Richard and Henry Purefoy FitzGerald to their sister Mabel:

Correspondence with family, Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: 1881-1899 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence by paternal grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise, to Mabel FitzGerald:

Correspondence with family, other family members
Date: 1892-1972 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence with friends, A-C and Dawson
Date: 1894-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Mabel FitzGerald from:

Correspondence with friends, De'ath and Dreyer
Date: 1890-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Mabel FitzGerald from:

Correspondence with friends, Griffin and G-W
Date: 1890-1948
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Mabel FitzGerald from:

Correspondence with friends, Richard Welling
Date: 1900-1913
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence from Richard Ward Greene Welling to Mabel FitzGerald:

Correspondence with friends, Richard Welling
Date: 1914-1924
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence from Richard Ward Greene Welling to Mabel FitzGerald:

Correspondence with friends, Richard Welling
Date: 1925-1957 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence from Richard Ward Greene Welling to Mabel FitzGerald:

Correspondence with friends, Mary Baltz, nee Welling, and daughter Rosemary
Date: 1895-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence Mary 'Molly' Hart Welling Baltz, nee Welling, and her daughter Rosemary Seronde, nee Baltz, to Mabel FitzGerald:

Correspondence with friends, Welling family
Date: 1895-1948 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence by Gertrude Welling, nee Howe [wife of William Brenton Welling], Catherine [Catharine?] Greene Welling ['Cass', 'Casa B'], and Lindsay Howe Welling to Mabel FitzGerald:

Correspondence with friends
Date: 1878-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence by various friends, some unidentified, to Mabel FitzGerald:

Correspondence with friends
Date: 1940-1973 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence by various friends, some unidentified, to Mabel FitzGerald:

A.1.2   Other personal and biographical papers 1881-1974, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 16-21

Personal, financial and administrative papers
Date: 1881-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Education
Date: 1891-1915
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 17
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to early education and to classes and courses taken outside university:

Papers relating to life and work in the United States of America
Date: c. 1905-1935
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 18
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous papers, mostly brochures, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia, relating to life in New York and travels in the USA:

100th and 101st birthday
Date: 1972-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 19
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Honorary degree and memberships
Date: 1914-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 20
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

A.1.2.f   Diaries and notebooks 1882-1901, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 22-23

Diaries and notebooks
Date: 1882-1901
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 22
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries and notebooks
Date: 1893-1896 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 23
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

(Auto-)biography, death, estate
Date: 1959-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 21
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

A.2   Scientific and professional papers 1896-1978, n.d.

A.2.1   Lecture notes and clinical notes 1897-1926, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 24-38

Lecture notes on Histology
Date: Sep 1897-May 1898; [May-Jun 1898]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 24
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on Physiology
Date: Oct 1897-Jan 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 25
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on Physiology
Date: Feb-May 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on Physiology
Date: 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 27
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Notebook 'Synopsis of Lectures. Professor Gotch.', 1898.

Lecture notes on the Nervous System
Date: May 1898-Mar 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 28
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes on the Nervous System
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 29
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on the Alimentary System, Human Reproduction
Date: 1899-1900 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 30
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on Physiological Chemistry and Biology
Date: n.d., probably 1897-1900
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 31
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on Bacteriology, Copenhagen
Date: 1901 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 32
Language(s) of Material: English, Danish, German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on Pathology
Date: Oct 1903-Feb 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 33
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on Pathology
Date: Feb-May 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 34
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Clinical notes and patient cases
Date: 1905-1907
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 35
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Clinical notes and patient cases, miscellaneous scientific notes and articles
Date: c. 1901-1915; n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 36
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes on clinical classes and on Neurology lectures, Edinburgh
Date: 1916-1918
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 37
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Lecture notes on Human Anatomy, Edinburgh
Date: 1925-1926
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 38
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

A.2.2   Research 1896-1978, n.d.

A.2.2.a   Relating to Respiratory Physiology 1905-1915, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 39-44

Normal alveolar CO2 pressure (1905); Alveolar CO2 pressure in diseases (1910)
Date: 1905-1910
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 39
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Pikes Peak Expedition/Colorado, 1911
Date: Jul-Aug 1911
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 40
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Pikes Peak Expedition/Colorado, 1911
Date: c. 1911
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 41
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

The changes in the breathing and the blood at various high altitudes (1913)
Date: 1911-1913
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 42
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Further observations on the changes in the breathing and the blood at various high altitudes (1914)
Date: 1913-1914
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 43
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Pneumothorax; patient cases New York, 1915
Date: 1913-1915
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 44
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

A.2.2.b   Research relating to other scientific subjects [1899]-1911, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 45-48

Structure of the Macaque monkey spinal cord (1906)
Date: [1899-1901]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 45
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Structure of the Macaque monkey spinal cord (1906); Opsonic Index (1907); Ringworm (1908)
Date: c. 1900-1908
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 46
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Origins of the hydrochloric acid in the gastric tubules (1910)
Date: 1908-1910
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 47
Language(s) of Material: English, German, French
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Origins of the hydrochloric acid in the gastric tubules (1910); Induction of sporulation (1911)
Date: c. 1909-1911
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 48
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

A.2.2.c   Correspondence with scientists c. 1901-1978, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 49-50

Correspondence with scientists
Date: c. 1901-1932
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 49
Language(s) of Material: English, French
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence with, and papers relating to, Sir William Osler
Date: 1905-1978
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 50
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content
Related Material

Originals of the letters William Osler to Mabel FitzGerald, 1905-1919, are at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal [Osler Library Archive Collections, P100 William Osler Collection, boxes 103 and 112].


A.2.3   Other scientific and professional papers 1896-1968, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 51-55

Papers relating to the history of medicine, and to old medical books
Date: 1904-1968, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 51
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Festschrifts and brochures
Date: 1902-1908
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 52
Language(s) of Material: English, Danish
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Photographs
Date: c. 1901, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 53
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs of Mabel FitzGerald with colleagues [with Georges Dreyer at the State Serum Institute Copenhagen, c. 1901, and at the Oxford Physiological Laboratory, n.d.; with Gustav Mann at the Oxford Physiological Laboratory, n.d.]; [portrait] photographs of colleagues, and of other scientists and physicians, including Gustav Mann, Georges Dreyer, John Thomson, A. Logan Turner, James Ritchie, J.J. Graham Brown, n.d. [early 20th century]. Also includes a small cardboard box labelled 'Blood counting slides M.P. FitzGerald', n.d.

Employment in Edinburgh
Date: 1915-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 54
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Academic career
Date: 1896-1926
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 55
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

B   Papers of the Purefoy FitzGerald Family 1667-1973, 2016, n.d.

Family members:

Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald's siblings were Admiral (Royal Navy) Richard Purefoy FitzGerald, later Purefoy (1862-1941, married Mary Lillias Sandys Lumsdaine), Geraldine Mary FitzGerald (1863-1900), Mary Frances Purefoy FitzGerald (1864-1951), Laura Purefoy FitzGerald (1865-1942), Rev. Henry Purefoy FitzGerald (1867-1948, married Lilian Mary Langton), and Catharine 'Katie' Purefoy FitzGerald (1870-1953).

Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald's father was Lieutenant (Royal Navy) Richard Purefoy FitzGerald (1837-1895), her mother was Henrietta Mary, nee Chester (d. 1895); paternal grandparents Thomas FitzGerald (1788-1860) and Sarah Anna Elizabeth ('Eliza'), nee Purefoy Jervoise (1809-1899); maternal grandparents Rev. Anthony Chester (1800-1856) and Henrietta, née Brown (d. 1854).

Other notable family members include: Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald's' father Major (1st Royal Dragoons) Richard Purefoy Jervoise (1778-1811), her uncle George Purefoy Jervoise, M.P. for Salisbury and for Hampshire (1770-1847) from whom she inherited the Purefoy family estate in Shalstone; her children Captain (1st Royal Dragoons) Thomas Keane FitzGerald (1833-1887), Robert Allan FitzGerald (barrister-at-law, cricketer and Secretary of the MCC, 1834-1880), Captain (16th Lancers) Maurice George FitzGerald (1837-1901), Geraldine FitzGerald (1840-1850), Henry Jervoise FitzGerald (1842-1852), Mary FitzGerald (1845-1860), and Alfred William FitzGerald (1849-1871).

Keane FitzGerald (Barrister of the Inner Temple, 1748-1831) was a relative [uncle?] of Thomas FitzGerald.


Scope and Content

Family papers, mainly 19th century correspondence, diaries, notebooks and other personal papers by, or relating to, Mabel FitzGerald's siblings, parents and grandparents, with some older family papers dating back to the 17th and 18th century, and some 20th century material.

Related Material

Papers relating to Sarah Anna Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Robert Browning, including copies of letters by Robert Browning, family history documents, writings, and drafts and correspondence between Mabel Fitzgerald and E.C. McAleer relating to E.C. McAleer (ed.), Learned Lady. Letters from Robert Browning to Mrs. Thomas FitzGerald, 1876-1889 (1966), are at Balliol College Archive, Oxford (Robert Browning Collection, Box 4).

Letters by Robert Browning to Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, 1876-1889, are part of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library, now at New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts (Pforz MS, Robert Browning manuscript material).


B.1   Correspondence 1667-1956, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 56-69, 71

Mary FitzGerald from Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: 1884-1899, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 56
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

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Correspondence to Mary Frances Purefoy FitzGerald by her grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald:

Mary FitzGerald
Date: 1866-1946, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 57
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Mary Frances Purefoy FitzGerald by family and friends:

Catharine FitzGerald
Date: 1879-1956, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 58
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Catharine 'Katie' Purefoy FitzGerald by family and friends:

Geraldine Mary and Laura FitzGerald
Date: 1870-1925, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 59
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Geraldine Mary FitzGerald and to Laura Purefoy FitzGerald by family and friends:

FitzGerald sisters
Date: 1880-1954, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 60
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence to two or more of the FitzGerald sisters, or to 'Miss FitzGerald':

Richard (junior) and Henry FitzGerald
Date: 1869-1948, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 61
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence Richard and Henry Purefoy FitzGerald, Mabel FitzGerald's brothers, and their families:

Richard Purefoy FitzGerald (senior)
Date: 1843-1895
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 62
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence Richard Purefoy FitzGerald, Mabel FitzGerald's father:

Henrietta Mary FitzGerald
Date: c. 1846-1895, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 63
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence Henrietta Mary FitzGerald, nee Chester, Mabel FitzGerald's mother:

Thomas FitzGerald
Date: 1810-1852, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 64
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence Thomas FitzGerald, Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandfather:

Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: 1829-1899
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 65
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise, Mabel FitzGerald's maternal grandmother:

Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: 1870-1899, many n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 66
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise, Mabel FitzGerald's maternal grandmother:

Richard Purefoy Jervoise
Date: 1809-1811, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 67
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence Richard Purefoy Jervoise, Sarah Anna Elisabeth FitzGerald's father:

Keane and Mary FitzGerald
Date: 1778-1829, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 68
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence Keane FitzGerald, Thomas FitzGerald's relative [his uncle?], and Mary FitzGerald, nee Le Keux:

Other family members
Date: 1667-1927, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 69
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence other family members and relatives:

Miscellaneous family correspondence
Date: 1759-1917, many n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 71
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

B.2   Diaries and notebooks 1756-1945, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 70, 72-93

Geraldine, Laura and Catharine FitzGerald
Date: 1877-1909
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 72
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

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Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's sisters Geraldine Mary, Laura and Catharine 'Katie' (Purefoy) FitzGerald:

Mary FitzGerald
Date: 1880-1896
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 73
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's sister Mary Frances Purefoy FitzGerald:

Mary FitzGerald
Date: 1882-1914
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 74
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's sister Mary France Purefoy FitzGerald:

Richard (junior) and Henry FitzGerald
Date: 1880-1886 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 75
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's brothers Richard and Henry Purefoy FitzGerald:

FitzGerald siblings
Date: 1877-1945 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 76
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's siblings:

FitzGerald siblings
Date: 1916-1941 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 77
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's siblings:

Richard Purefoy FitzGerald (senior)
Date: 1855-1859
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 78
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

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Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's father Richard Purefoy FitzGerald:

Henrietta Mary FitzGerald
Date: 1849-1878
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 79
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

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Diaries belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's mother Henrietta Mary FitzGerald, nee Chester:

Henrietta Mary FitzGerald
Date: 1852-1898 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 80
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

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Notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's mother Henrietta Mary FitzGerald, nee Chester:

Thomas FitzGerald
Date: 1818-1868 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 81
Language(s) of Material: English, Latin
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

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Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandfather Thomas FitzGerald:

Thomas FitzGerald
Date: 1833, 1835
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 82
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

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Diaries belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandfather Thomas FitzGerald:

Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: c. 1841-1867
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 83
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

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Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise:

Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: c. 1880-1888
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 70
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

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Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise:

Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: 1891-1894
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 84
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise:

Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: 1855-1895, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 85
Language(s) of Material: English, ancient Greek, Hebrew
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise:

Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: 1838-1896, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 86
Language(s) of Material: English, Italian, French
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

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Notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald, nee Purefoy Jervoise:

Thomas Keane, Geraldine and Alfred William FitzGerald
Date: 1849-1868
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 87
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's aunts and uncles, her father's siblings Thomas Keane, Geraldine and Alfred William FitzGerald:

Richard and Anna Purefoy Jervoise
Date: 1809-1830
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 88
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's paternal grandmother Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald's parents Richard Purefoy Jervoise and Anna Victoria Purefoy Jervoise, nee Story:

Anthony Chester
Date: 1830-1837
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 89
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries and notebooks belonging to Mabel FitzGerald's maternal grandfather Anthony Chester:

Other relatives
Date: 1793-1902
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 90
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries and notebooks belonging to other relatives:

Shalstone Manor
Date: 1758-1899
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 91
Language(s) of Material: English, French
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Notebooks relating to Shalstone Manor:

Shalstone Manor
Date: 1840-1899
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 92
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Notebooks relating to Shalstone Manor:

Miscellaneous notebooks
Date: 1756-1890, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 93
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

B.3   Other family papers 1687-1973, 2016, n.d.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 94-110

Will and estate papers
Date: 1782-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 94
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Wills, and papers relating to the execution of estates:

Wills of George Purefoy Jervoise
Date: 1842, 1848
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 95
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 rolls)

Scope and Content

Will of George Purefoy Jervoise, 1842; copy of will of George Purefoy Jervoise, [1848].

Financial and administrative papers
Date: 1689-1912, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 96
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Financial and administrative papers of the FitzGerald sisters
Date: 1897-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 97
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Educational papers
Date: 1819, 1889-1910, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 98
Language(s) of Material: English, French
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Personal papers and memorabilia
Date: 1822-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 99
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Personal papers and memorabilia, such as personal documents, newspaper cuttings, obituaries, visiting cards, childhood memorabilia:

Family history research
Date: 1902-1971 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 100
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Family history papers
Date: 1687-1960, many n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 101
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Family history notes, original documents and memorabilia, by branch of the family:

Family history papers
Date: 1740-1960, many n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 102
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Family history notes, original documents and memorabilia, by branch of the family:

Writings of Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date: 1823-1899, many n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 103
Language(s) of Material: English, French, Swedish
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Writings and translations, and memorabilia collected by Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald:

Writings and poems
Date: 1687-1900, many n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 104
Language(s) of Material: English, French, Italian, German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Poems and other writings by family members and friends:

Writings and poems
Date: 1856-1889, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 105
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Poems and other writings by family members and friends:

Recipes
Date: 1836, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 106
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Newspaper cuttings
Date: 1795-1891, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 107
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Family memorabilia
Date: 1791-1895, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 108
Language(s) of Material: English, French
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous family memorabilia and keepsakes:

17th c. writing table/table book
Date: 17th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 109
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

'Book supposed to belong to Catharine Purefoy wife of George P. of Wadley, d. 1673', small leather-bound notebook containing chalked cardboard and bone pages with traces of writing [writing table or table book, probably late 17th or early 18th century].

Sale catalogues
Date: 1973 and 2016
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 110
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Sale catalogue and auction book Bruten Knowles & Co. regarding the sale of furniture, antiques, porcelain, silver and books from 12 Crick Road, Oxford, at the Highnam Court sale, December 1973; covering letter and explanatory notes about the household clearance at 12 Crick Road after Mabel FitzGerald's death, and the sale of valuable items, by Simon Chorley, junior cataloguer at Bruten Knowles & Co. at the time, November 2016.

C   Photographs and other image material 1796-1966, n.d.

Scope and Content

Photographs, photo albums, and other image material (including drawings, watercolours, prints and postcards) found with the FitzGerald papers. Most seem to be family photographs, and memorabilia of relatives and friends, as collected by Mabel FitzGerald, as well as photographs taken, or collected, by family members on travels.

Includes photographs of Mabel FitzGerald, her parents, siblings and other relatives, but most photo subjects are unidentified.

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MSS. Mabel FitzGerald 111-124


Family photographs
Date: c. 1880s-1960s, most n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 111

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs of family groups (including Mabel FitzGerald with siblings and parents), many unidentified, c. 1880-1960s and most n.d.; photographs of male family members (including Mabel FitzGerald's brothers and nephews) and friends, many unidentified, c. 1880s-1950s and most n.d.

Family photographs
Date: c. 1880s-1950s, most n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 112

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs of female family members (including Mabel FitzGerald and her sisters, and Sarah Anna Elizabeth FitzGerald), and friends, many unidentified, c. 1880s-1950s and most n.d.

Photographs
Date: n.d. [late 19th/early 20th century]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 113

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs of Shalstone Manor and Shalstone village, n.d.; photographs of Preston Candover and North Hall, n.d.; photographs of the FitzGerald sisters' house 12 Crick Road, Oxford, 1898-1903 and n.d.

Photographs
Date: n.d. [late 19th/early 20th century]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 114

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs of churches, church interiors and graves, many unidentified, n.d.; photographs of buildings, building interiors, street scenes, many unidentified, n.d.; photographs of Oxford (street scenes, colleges and other buildings), n.d.

Photographs
Date: n.d. [late 19th/early 20th century]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 115

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs of landscapes, gardens, lakes and seas, rural scenes, street scenes [travel/holiday photographs, including Switzerland/Germany and Scotland], most unidentified, n.d.; reproductions of photographs [by Mabel FitzGerald] from travels in the USA, [c. 1908-1914].

Photo album
Date: n.d. [late 19th/early 20th century]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 116

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photo album containing travel photographs/souvenir photographs, including Strasbourg, Lucerne, Bern, Thun, Geneva, Swiss Alps, Christiana [Oslo], Milan, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Paris.

Photo album
Date: n.d. [late 19th/early 20th century]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 117

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Large photo album containing travel photographs/souvenir photographs, including Aachen, Heidelberg, Interlaken, Swiss Alps, Zermatt, Geneva, Edinburgh; unidentified churches/cathedrals in continental Europe; landscapes, rural and costal and scenes in Scotland.

Photo album
Date: 1889, 1891 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 118

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photo album containing photographs of the FitzGerald family at North Hall, and of the garden and drawing room at North Hall, 1889; military parade at Aldenhurst and ship, 1889; travel photographs/souvenir photographs Normandy (Étretat, Rouen), 1889; unidentified landscapes and rural scenes [Scotland?], n.d. Also includes some dried plant samples.

Photo album/scrapbook
Date: 1850-1897 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 119

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photo album/scrapbook containing miscellaneous photographs (including souvenir photographs of Blenheim Palace, Lake Constance, Shalstone Church, Biarritz); portraits [friends or celebrities?]; photographic reproductions of famous paintings; unidentified landscapes, street scenes, buildings, building interiors [from travels?]), most n.d., and drawings (Artramont House, 1850; sketches of animals).

Framed photographs and portraits
Date: n.d. [before 1800 and 2nd half 19th century]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 120

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photo negatives
Date: n.d. [early 20th century]
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 121

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Negatives of photographs, including some duplicates and negatives of reproductions, n.d. Includes negatives of travel photographs USA ('FitzGerald Box 34, 0001-0104', for reproductions see MS. Mabel FitzGerald 115), and other [travel] photographs of landscapes, buildings, rural areas, street scenes etc., but most photo subjects are unidentified.

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Drawings and watercolours
Date: 1839-1949 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 122

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Drawings and watercolours (in sketchbooks and loose leaves) including buildings, landscapes, portraits and humorous sketches, 1839-1949 and most n.d.

Prints, postcards and press cuttings
Date: 1890-1966 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 123
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Prints and picture postcards (buildings, landscapes and nature, portraits, reproductions of paintings), n.d. Also includes press cuttings found with the image material, 1890-1966 and n.d., and a series of pencil sketches of buildings and sights in London collected from advertising brochures by Harvey Nichols & Co., c. 1930.

Miscellaneous
Date: c. 1796-1958 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Mabel FitzGerald 124

Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

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