Alphabetical files

Scope and Content

This class consists of a series of alphabetical correspondence files. They contain accounts and correspondence between John Donat and others relating to the executorship of RD's estate, and include: papers relating to funeral expenses and the memorial service; the settlement of RD's financial affairs; the storage and disposal of RD's goods; RD's poetry recordings and various posthumous broadcasts; his final film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness; and the first biography of RD by John Trewin. The majority of the papers date from 1958-1965; there are only two pieces from a later date and a small quantity of material generated by RD himself during his lifetime, such as medical bills accrued during the last months of his life. These alphabetical files were superseded by a general chronological sequence of files (listed in FRD2/2).


Titles given below have been transcribed from the original file labels. The contents of each file are largely in reverse chronological order, although some have no obvious order, and many letters have been separated from their enclosures. Original order has been retained throughout and each piece given a running number.