General files

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD2/2
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      6 items, containing pieces as follows: /1: 61 pieces; /2: 127 pieces; /3: 118 pieces; /4: 124 pieces; /5: 64 pieces; /6: 85 pieces.

Scope and Content

This chronological series of files superseded the original alphabetical sequence of executors' files. They contain a wide range of correspondence and accounts relating to the executorship of RD's estate, and in particular to royalties received from sales of recordings of his poetry readings and from broadcasts of recordings. Contents include: correspondence with Arthur L. Sutcliffe & Co., chartered accountants, relating to the executor's accounts, including statements of account, annual distribution statements and tax certificates; correspondence between John Donat and his siblings Joanna Wellington and Brian Donat relating to the executor's accounts; and correspondence and accounts with the BBC, Christopher Mann Ltd, Decca Record Company Ltd, EMI Ltd and Phonographic Performance Ltd relating to royalties and fees for various recordings by RD, and for films The Cure for Love and The Winslow Boy.

FRD2/2/5/18 is RD's death certificate, stating that he died on 9 June 1958 at West End Hospital, Westminster, of cerebral thrombosis and bronchial asthma; and FRD2/2/5/19 is a photographic copy of RD's will dated 15 May 1957, with a photographic copy of the grant of probate to John Annesley Donat dated 24 November 1958. FRD2/2/6 includes some xeroxes of correspondence between RD and Leslie Banks, supplied by Richard Huggett.


The files are as follows:

  • /1 13 Feb 1970-13 Dec 1971
  • /2 5 Jan 1972-17 Dec 1973
  • /3 15 Jan 1974-31 Dec 1975
  • /4 30 Jun 1975 (3 pieces); 13 Feb 1976-31 Jan 1978
  • /5 11 Jan 1978-20 Apr 1979
  • /6 Oct 1978 (3 pieces); 31 Mar 1981-11 Dec 1984.