Longley, Katharine (b 1920)

Scope and Content

Papers of Katharine Longley, 1812-1993, comprising research notebooks; correspondence files; material associated with the Wickham and Ternan families; photocopies of manuscript material; photocopies from periodicals; a copy of The Charles Dickens Birthday Book ; material on The Mystery of Edwin Drood ; typescript of A Singular Light ; typescript of A Pardoner's Tale ; typescripts of Charles Dickens: Towards the Truth ; typescript essays; printed books; and photographs and negatives.

Administrative / Biographical History

Katharine Longley was born in Clapham, London in 1920. She was educated at Clapham Girls' High School and University College London. She became Archivist at York Minster Library until retiring in 1983. Miss Longley became an authority on recusant history and published articles on the subject in the Ampleforth Journal and Recusant History . In 1966 she published under the name of Mary Claridge (her mother's maiden name) Margaret Clitherow 1556-1586 , a biography of the Catholic saint. Her recusant papers and related research material are now deposited at Ampleforth Abbey. Miss Longely also wrote about the relationship between Ellen Ternan and Charles Dickens in the unpublished A Pardoner's Tale: The Story of Dickens and Ellen Ternan and in The Dickensian , notably The Real Ellen Ternan , vol. 81 (1985).


As described in Scope and Content.

Access Information

Access to the collection requires the permission of the depositor. Please contact the Archivist in advance for details.

Acquisition Information

Katharine Longley, Michael Slater.

Other Finding Aids

A file level catalogue is available on the ULRLS catalogue, http://archives.ulrls.lon.ac.uk/ and also in hard copy form in the Special Collections reading room of Senate House Library.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Anya Turner.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original, which must be assessed by a conservator. Copies cannot be made of existing photocopies due to copyright restrictions. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who require a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

Deposited by Katharine Longley.

Related Material

Senate House Library also holds archives of the Ternan family (MS915).