Charles Fenby Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers re The Other Oxford, incl. Frank Gray's drafts; misc. other papers, incl. those re: Commonwealth Press Union and International Press Institute.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Fenby (1905-74) began his journalistic career in 1926 as a reporter for the Westminster Gazette. Two years later, he helped found the Oxford Mail, editing it between the years 1929-40. His career continued as assistant editor on the Picture Post from 1940-4, editor of Leader Magazine, 1944-8, and editor-in-chief of the Birmingham Gazette, 1948-57, before becoming editorial director of the Westminster Press from 1957 until his retirement in 1970. Fenby was also chairman of the British Committee of the International Press Institute, and was well-known for his two books about Oxford, Anatomy of Oxford (1938, written with C. Day-Lewis), and The Other Oxford (1970). This latter drew extensively on the unpublished writings of Frank Gray, Liberal MP for Oxford from 1922-4. These drafts also form part of the collection.

Reference: Finding aid for MSS.92

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Archivist's Note

Authority files exist for Charles Fenby (GB 152 AAR0904), and for Frank Gray (GBR 0152 AAR0938).

Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre in 1975 by his widow.