Catalogue of the Papers of the Tilling Society (1982-2006)

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Harriet Costelloe
2015

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 8332-8350; MSS. Photogr. c. 559-563; MSS. Digital 62-66

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Correspondence 1911-2000
B   Literary Papers 1893-2009
    B.1   Works by E.F. Benson 1893-1939
    B.2   Articles, Reviews and Research on E.F. Benson 1893-2005
    B.3   Dramatisations of E.F. Benson works 1948-2009
    B.4   Works inspired by E.F. Benson 1948-2006
C   The Benson Family 1867-2006
D   Places and Locations relating to E.F. Benson 1930-2009
E   Tilling Society Events 1978-2002
F   Printed Material 1984-1993
G   Artwork 1980-2002
H   Photographs c.1900-2002 (mainly 1981-2002)


Papers of the Tilling Society (E.F. Benson and the Benson Family)

c.1800-2009

Abstract:
Papers of the Tilling Society (1982-2006), a group set up to celebrate the life and works of the author Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940).

Extent: 4 Linear metres, 24 physical shelfmarks; 5 digital shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Organisational History

The Tilling Society was formed by Fay Hodges in 1982. It was taken over by Cynthia and Tony Reavell in 1983 who ran the group until it ceased to function in 2006. The Society collected material on the author Edward Frederic Benson's (1867-1940) life and works. It also circulated newsletters containing information on E.F. Benson and the Society, and held annual events for members.

Scope and Content

The papers of the Tilling Society were collected from 1982 and span from the early-nineteenth century to 2009. The archive consists of correspondence, stories and articles by the author Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940), as well as secondary material relating to his and his family's life and work, and ephemera, photographs and audio-visual material relating to the theatrical, televised and radio productions of his stories. It also contains administrative documentation for the Society, including correspondence, circulars and photographs.

Arrangement

The arrangement of the papers maintains the file order and groupings given by Cynthia and Tony Reavell. No overall filing system was in place, and so the papers have been arranged into eight series: Correspondence, Literary Papers, The Benson Family, Places and Locations relating to E.F. Benson, Tilling Society Events, Printed Material, Artwork and Photographs.

Acquisition

Papers were given to the Bodleian Library by Cynthia and Tony Reavell in 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 8332; MS. Digital 62].

Related Material

Catalogue of the papers of the Benson family, 18th-20th century (MSS. Benson 1/1-3/78; Benson adds. 1-22).

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Benson | Edward Frederic | 1867-1940 | Author
Reavell | Mr | Tony | fl 1983-2014 | President of Tilling Society
Reavell | Mrs | Cynthia | fl 1983-2014 | President of Tilling Society

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Tilling Society

Subject(s)

English literature -- 19th century
English literature -- 20th century

A   Correspondence 1911-2000

Letters from E.F. Benson and A.C. Benson
Date: 1911-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8332
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Original manuscript letters include:

Photocopies of letters include:

Letters from people who knew E.F. Benson
Date: 1983-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8333
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Letters from people related to E.F. Benson
Date: 19th cent.-1999
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8334

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

B   Literary Papers 1893-2009

B.1   Works by E.F. Benson 1893-1939

Copies of stories by E.F. Benson
Date: 1894-1929
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8335
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Copies of articles by E.F. Benson
Date: 1892-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8336
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

B.2   Articles, Reviews and Research on E.F. Benson 1893-2005

Articles about E.F. Benson
Date: 1896-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8337
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Reviews of works by E.F. Benson
Date: 1893-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8338
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Research on works by E.F. Benson
Date: 1985-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8339
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Recordings of Interviews on works by E.F. Benson
Date: 1984-2001
Shelfmark: MS. Digital 62
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 5 items

Scope and Content

Includes:

Restrictions on Access

Closed


B.3   Dramatisations of E.F. Benson works 1948-2009

Theatrical Productions of E.F. Benson's works
Date: 1990-2001
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8340
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Theatrical Productions of E.F. Benson's works
Date: 1948-2009
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8341
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Television and Radio Productions of E.F. Benson's works
Date: 1981-2003
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8342
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Recordings of Television and Radio Productions of E.F. Benson's works
Date: 1945-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Digital 63
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 27 items

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access

Closed


B.4   Works inspired by E.F. Benson 1948-2006

Works inspired by E.F. Benson
Date: 1948-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8343
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

C   The Benson Family 1867-2006

Miscellaneous Papers relating to the Benson Family
Date: 1972-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8344
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Miscellaneous Papers relating to the Benson Family
Date: 1867-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8345
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Recording of Tony Reavell interviewing Charlie Tomlin
Date: c.1978-1979
Shelfmark: MS. Digital 64
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 items

Restrictions on Access

Closed


Recording of A.C. Benson & Elgar Song Collaborations
Date: 1902
Shelfmark: MS. Digital 65
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 items

Restrictions on Access

Closed


D   Places and Locations relating to E.F. Benson 1930-2009

Places and Locations relating to E.F. Benson
Date: 1930-2009
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8346
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Places and Locations relating to E.F. Benson
Date: 1980-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8347
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

E   Tilling Society Events 1978-2002

Tilling Society Annual Get-Togethers
Date: 1978-2002
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8348

Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

Recording of the Friends of Tilling Gathering 2005
Date: 2005
Shelfmark: MS. Digital 66
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 items

Restrictions on Access

Closed


F   Printed Material 1984-1993

Scope and Content

MS. Eng. c. 8349

Books on E.F. Benson by Cynthia and Tony Reavell
Date: 1984-1993
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8349
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

G   Artwork 1980-2002

Artwork inspired by E.F. Benson
Date: 1980-2002
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8350
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:

H   Photographs c.1900-2002 (mainly 1981-2002)

Photograph Album of 'Places Connected with Benson'
Date: 1981-2001
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 559
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Photograph Album of 'Tilling Society Get-Togethers'
Date: 1983-2003
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 560
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Photograph Album of 'Tilling Society 20th Gala Gathering'
Date: Oct 2002
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 561
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Photograph Album of 'The Mapp and Lucia Ball at the Reform Club, Pall Mall'
Date: May 1990
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 562
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes album of advertisements for the event and a letter from the Queen Mother's lady-in-waiting regarding the event.

Loose Photographs
Date: 20th century
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 563
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes:


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