Correspondence and papers on the education and early career of Charles Ryle Fay (1884-1961), economic historian.

Scope and Content

The letters and papers catalogued below were preserved by C. R. Fay's father, who pasted them into an unused copy of Smith's commercial scribbling diary for 1902; Mr Fay adopted a generally chronological arrangement, but does not seem to have felt himself to be bound strictly by this. Many of the documents are addressed to the elder Fay, and the collection can be regarded as being as much the papers of the father as of the son.

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

The volume was presented to King's College Library by C.R. Fay in 1943, but was transferred almost immediately to the University Library.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Related Material

The collection of "Letters from Oscar Browning to Charles Ryle Fay" is at CUL MS.Add.7461 University of London Library reference GB 096 MS 431, business papers of Garteret Priaulx & Co. on the history of Guernsey


Hugh Gault "The Quirky Dr Fay: A Remarkable Life", Cambridge , Gretton Books, 2011: ISBN 9780956204158.