CHUBB, Percival Ashley, 1860-1960, Fabian

Scope and Content

Papers of Robert Walston Chubb, [1960-1984], mainly comprising working papers for his biography of his father, Percival Chubb, including several manuscript drafts, research papers, family correspondence, and correspondence with Professor Norman Mackenzie.
Papers of Percival Ashley Chubb, 1860-1950, comprising general personal material, 1860-1950, notably diaries for 1879-1880 and 1905-1906, notebooks containing jottings on history and religion, [1889], material relating to his marriage to Louise Walston, 1891, autobiographical notes and press cuttings; family correspondence, 1876-1927, including his parents, wives and children; correspondence with friends and colleagues, 1877-1924, notably Ernest Percival Rhys, William Dircks, George Dyke Smith, Henry Havelock Ellis, Thomas Davidson, Sidney James Webb, Professor Felix Adler, Edward Carpenter, Olive Emilie Albertina Schreiner and Robert Moore; texts, syllabuses, and programmes of lectures given by Chubb, 1881-1934, mainly on literary topics; papers relating to various societies of which Chubb was a founder or member, including the MS Club, 1881, the Pioneer Club, [1882]-1888, the Fellowship of the New Life, 1883-[1890], the Progressive Association, 1884-1889, the Ethical Society, 1887, the Ethical Culture School, New York, 1909-1910, the Ethical Society of St Louis, 1911-1943, the American Ethical Union, [1934] and 1946, the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture, 1924-1925; material relating to Chubb's involvement in music and drama, 1916-1940; publications written by Chubb, 1888-1942, mainly relating to socialism, ethics and religion; miscellaneous pamphlets, articles, press cuttings and papers collected by Chubb, 1879-1930s, including pamphlets written by Thomas Davidson.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1860; educated at the Stationers' School, London; entered the civil service, 1878, in the legal department of the Local Government Board; established a correspondence society for manuscript exchange called the MS Club, [1881]; member of the Progressive Association, 1882; founder member of the Fabian Society, 1884; joined the London branch of the Fellowship of the New Life, an intellectual discussion and study group dedicated to developing models of alternative societies, 1884-1889; member of the Ethical Society, 1886; emigrated to the USA, 1889; Lecturer at Thomas Davidson's School of the Cultural Sciences, Farmington, Connecticut; Lecturer, Brooklyn Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1890-1892; Head of English, Brooklyn Manual Training High School, 1893-1897; Principal of the Second Grade, New York Society's Ethical Culture School, 1897; Lecturer at the Pratt Institute and New York University, New York; Associate Leader, Society for Ethical Culture of New York, [1897-1910]; married his second wife, Anna Sheldon, the widow of Walter Sheldon, the founder of the St Louis Ethical Society; Leader of the St Louis Ethical Society, 1911-1932; President, Drama League of America, 1915-1920; retired 1932; President of the American Ethical Union, 1934-1939; died 1960. Publications: editor of Dryden's Palamon and Arcite; or the Knight's Tale from Chaucer (New York, 1908); On the religious frontier: from an outpost of ethical religion (Macmillan Co, New York, 1931); The teaching of English in the elementary and secondary school (Macmillan Co, new York, 1902); introduction to Select writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1888); editor of Essays of Montaigne (1893).


The papers are divided into 2 sections: the papers of Robert Walston Chubb, and those of Percival Ashley Chubb. The Percival Chubb papers were sorted by the BLPES according to Chubb's various activities.

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Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Separated Material

The Stirling Library, Yale University, holds the papers of Thomas Davidson; Nuffield College, Oxford University, has the papers of the Fabian Society.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright retained by the depositor and their heirs. Most documents may be photocopied.

Custodial History

Deposited by the family, via Professor Norman Mackenzie, in 1986.

Related Material

The BLPES holds correspondence from Chubb in the papers of Professor Graham Wallas (Ref: Wallas/1/8).