Montgomery family papers

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1859-2013

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Introduction
A   Robert Montgomery papers c. 1885
    A.1   Literary papers c. 1885
B   Neil Montgomery correspondence and papers 1921-1981, n.d.
    B.1   Literary papers 1928-1971, n.d.
    B.2   Correspondence 1921-1981, n.d.
C   Margaret Montgomery correspondence 1920-1986
D   Lesley Le Claire correspondence and papers 1945-2002, n.d.
    D.1   Correspondence and papers 1945-2002, n.d.
    D.2   Lesley Le Claire literary papers 1976, 1978, 1992, n.d.
E   Hugh Montgomery correspondence and papers 1950-2008
    E.1   Correspondence and papers 1950-2008
    E.2   Expedition papers 1970-1996, n.d.
F   Family papers 1859-2013, n.d.


Montgomery family papers

1859-2013

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of Robert Montgomery (headmaster), his son Neil Montgomery (psychiatrist), Neil's wife Margaret (school teacher), and their children Lesley Le Claire (librarian of Worcester College, Oxford), and Hugh Montgomery (physicist).

Extent: 17 boxes
Language(s) of Material: English

Biographical/Historical

A family of intellectuals, Robert Montgomery (1859-1938), Neil Montgomery (1895-1979), his wife Margaret (1896-1984) and their children Lesley Le Claire (1927-2012) and Hugh Montgomery (1931-2008) were notable for their scientific and literary achievements.

Robert Montgomery, born in Argyll, Scotland, the son of a weaver, became the headmaster of Hillhouse Central School, Huddersfield. His son Neil, who in 1925 married Margaret Gibson Scott, a school teacher from Glasgow, was a distinguished psychiatrist who served as the superintendent of Storthes Hall Hospital, a Huddersfield psychiatric institute. He had a strong interest in metaphysics, literature and theological matters with a particular interest in the philosophical poetry of Denis Saurat (1890-1958), an Anglo-French scholar, writer and broadcaster. He also wrote for the New English Weekly.

Neil and Margaret's children went on to excel in divergent fields. Hugh Montgomery (who married Jeanne Martin) was a physicist specialising in the study of the solid state at low temperatures and later on electromagnetism. He worked at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, Oxford, then at the Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, and then at the University of Edinburgh. A member of the Scottish Arctic Club, he went on a series of expeditions to Greenland and Iceland in the 1970s and 1980s, and like his father thought deeply about philosophy and religion, writing later in life about his views on the relationship between science and Christianity.

Lesley Montgomery (who married Alan Le Claire, a physicist, later in life) studied English at Glasgow University and became a much respected librarian in Oxford, finishing her career as Librarian of Worcester College (1977-1992). She was an expert, in particular, on seventeenth-century Britain, corresponding with academics and authors including Eric Sams, a musicologist and Shakespeare scholar. In addition, she wrote a playscript for Worcester College students dramatizing the Putney Debates of 1647, which was eventually produced for radio, and went on to write other B.B.C. Third Programme documentaries.

Scope and Content

Montgomery family correspondence; memoirs, playscripts and other literary papers; scientific expedition photographs; articles by Ethel Maud Rowell, mathematician.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to copy material must be obtained from the rights holder.

Acquisition

Donated by the executors of the estate of Lesley Le Claire, 2014.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Montgomery 5, p.27].


A   Robert Montgomery papers c. 1885

A.1   Literary papers c. 1885

The Last of the Clans
Date: c. 1885
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 4235
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 volumes

Scope and Content

Three bound volumes of a typescript novel, The Last of the Clans, A Romance of the Western Highlands of Scotland by Robert Montgomery, with a 1936 preface by his son, Neil Montgomery.

B   Neil Montgomery correspondence and papers 1921-1981, n.d.

B.1   Literary papers 1928-1971, n.d.

Memoirs, literary
Date: 1963, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8352
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

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Articles
Date: 1975, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8353
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Typescript drafts and fair copy articles entitled Borders; Blake and Gautier; The Dry Bones of Ezekiel; Some Notes on Eliot's "A Song for Simeon"; Jean Cocteau; The Ancient Mariner; 'Not Poppy, Nor Mandragora' (on LSD and Coleridge); Imagery and the Metaphysical World of Joseph Conrad; Conrad's Use of Imagery; Death In A Room by Michael Fraenkel; Un Jeu D'Esprit (on A Breeze of Morning by Charles Morgan); Sparkenbroke; "Perilous Seas", about Keats; The Fall, a Metaphysical Dialogue; The Religion of a Metaphysician; Eupalinos Or The Architect by Paul Valéry, translated by Neil Montgomery.

Printed articles
Date: 1935-1938, 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8354
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Offprints of 'Keats and Psychology' by Neil Montgomery, in The Philosophical Journal, Vol. 8, N. 1, 1971; copies of The New English Weekly featuring articles by Montgomery, 1934-1938.

Denis Saurat material
Date: 1928, 1935, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8355
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Typescripts and manuscripts on or about Denis Saurat, including a bound manuscript work Selections from Denis Saurat, Vol. II by Neil Montgomery.

B.2   Correspondence 1921-1981, n.d.

Family correspondence
Date: 1934-1979, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8356
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

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Non-family correspondence
Date: 1921-1981
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8357
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

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C   Margaret Montgomery correspondence 1920-1986

Correspondence
Date: 1920-1986
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8358
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

D   Lesley Le Claire correspondence and papers 1945-2002, n.d.

D.1   Correspondence and papers 1945-2002, n.d.

Lesley and Alan Le Claire correspondence and papers
Date: 1945-1986, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8359
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Letters from Eric Sams
Date: 1974-2002
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8360
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters from the musicologist Eric Sams (1926-2004) mainly on musical and literary topics, plus related cuttings, offprints and a typescript of Sams' talk for the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham, 4 Nov 1982 and a copy of The Songmakers' Almanac, celebrating Sams' life.

Restrictions on Access

Some material closed.


D.2   Lesley Le Claire literary papers 1976, 1978, 1992, n.d.

Playscripts, lectures, speeches
Date: 1976, 1978, 1992, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8361
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

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E   Hugh Montgomery correspondence and papers 1950-2008

E.1   Correspondence and papers 1950-2008

Correspondence and papers
Date: 1950-2008
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8362
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

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E.2   Expedition papers 1970-1996, n.d.

Expedition notebooks and articles
Date: c. 1970-1993
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8363
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Manuscript notebooks, loose manuscripts, and offprints and typescript articles about Hugh Montgomery's expeditions to Greenland (1970, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1991) and Iceland and Greenland (July 1989).

Expedition album
Date: 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 568
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs of Hugh Montgomery's 1970 expedition to Greenland, together with a typescript and manuscript account of the expedition.

Expedition photographs
Date: 1970-1996
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 569
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

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F   Family papers 1859-2013, n.d.

Literary papers, certificates, ephemera
Date: 1859-2012, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8364
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

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Third party, cuttings, printed
Date: c. 1895-2013
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8365
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

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