Catalogue of papers of Godfrey Boyd Shannon, 1931-59

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

C. Parker

2003

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Correspondence of Godfrey Boyd Shannon, 1931-59
B    Papers relating to Shannon's position as Deputy High Commissioner in Calcutta, 1947-56


Papers of Godfrey Boyd Shannon, 1931-59

Abstract:
Papers of Godfrey Boyd Shannon, 1931-59, mainly relating to his position as Deputy High Commissioner in Calcutta from 1952 to 1956.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. lett. c. 487-8, Eng. misc. c. 735-6

Extent: 4 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Godfrey Eccleston Boyd Shannon (1907-89) was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge. He served on a United Kingdom delegation for various international conferences between 1944 and 1948, including one in Moscow. He was the United Kingdom's Deputy High Commissioner in Calcutta from 1952 to 1956 and most of the records relate to that period.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, visit reports, itineraries and accounts, mainly relating to Shannon's position as Deputy High Commissioner in Calcutta from 1952 to 1956.

Custodial History

Given by G.B. Shannon to Rhodes House Library, Oxford, 1980.

Acquisition

Transferred from Rhodes House Library, Oxford, with the consent of G.B. Shannon, 1980, and restricted until 1995.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. lett. c. 487, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

See MS. Eng. c. 7021, fols. 50-65, for Shannon's diaries of his travels in India, 1953-5, and MS. Photogr. c. 150, fols. 21-7, for photographs taken during these travels.

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Shannon | Godfrey Eccleston Boyd | 1907-1989 | Assistant Under-Secretary of State, in the Commonwealth Office

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Commonwealth Relations Office | High Commission for India

A   Correspondence of Godfrey Boyd Shannon, 1931-59

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. lett. c. 487-8


Letters from various correspondents, mainly friends and colleagues, 1931-59
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 487
Extent: i + 148 leaves
Arrangement: Chronological.
Separated Material:

Photographs from Ernest Jones in Argentina, removed to MS. Photogr. c. 185, fols. 13-21.



Letters from Godfrey Boyd Shannon in India, to his mother, 1952-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 488
Extent: i + 152 leaves
Separated Material:

Photographs removed to MS. Photogr. c. 185, fols. 22-31.


B   Papers relating to Shannon's position as Deputy High Commissioner in Calcutta, 1947-56

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. misc. c. 735-6


Copies of visit reports, itineraries and memoranda, 1947-56
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 735
Extent: 222 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-76) copies of reports by Shannon on visits to various districts, 1953-5
  • (fols. 77-107) copies of itineraries for Shannon's visits, 1953-5
  • (fols. 108-201) copies of itineraries for various visitors, 1953-6
  • (fols. 202-10) circulars, 1952
  • (fols. 211-16) copy of a report by Shannon on the Council of Foreign Ministers, Moscow, 1947
Separated Material:

Two photographs removed to MS. Photogr. c. 185, fols. 32-4.



Accounts, correspondence and memoranda, 1952-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 736
Extent: i + 172 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-7) cellar book, 1952-6
  • (fols. 8-34) monthly entertainment lists, 1953-6
  • (fols. 35-56) accounts and related correspondence with the Commonwealth Relations Office, London, 1952-5
  • (fols. 57-86) thank-you letters from visitors, including
    • (fol. 66) Paul Henry Gore-Booth, 1955
    • (fols. 72-3) Isaac Leslie Hore-Belisha, 1955
  • (fols. 95-102) letters from his servants, c.1955-6
  • (fols. 103-71) cook's account books, 1953

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