Papers of Sir Hilary Jenkinson

Scope and Content

Correspondence extracted from books and pamphlets in Sir Hilary Jenkinson's (1882-1961) library.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hilary Jenkinson (1882-1961) received an honorary LLD from the University of Aberdeen in 1949.

For an appreciation of his life and career, and a list of his publications see The Times obituary of March 7th, 1961; Who Was Who 1961-70; Myrtle Anderson-Smith, The Special Collections in Aberdeen University Library, Aberdeen University Review, 71 (1984), 265-87 (p. 280); Essays in Memory of Sir Hilary Jenkinson, ed. by Albert E.J. Hollaender, sponsored by the Society of Archivists (Chichester, 1962); Selected Writings of Sir Hilary Jenkinson, sponsored by the Society of Archivists (Gloucester: Sutton, 1980); and Studies presented to Sir Hilary Jenkinson, ed. by J. Conway Davies (London, 1957)


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Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed to the University in 1961 by Sir Hilary Jenkinson

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

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Custodial History

Hilary Jenkinson bequeathed all books and pamphlets in his library presented to him by, or containing autograph letters of, their authors to the University of Aberdeen in 1961. The bequest comprised over 570 pamphlets and 500 volumes. The pamphlets (mainly on archives, archival studies, history and palaeography), were accessioned as a special library collection, under the reference pHJ; whilst his books (covering a greater variety of topics) have been dispersed throughout the library system. The letters referred to in his bequest have been removed from the volumes and deposited in the University Archives as GB 231 MS 2786.


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Related Material

Hilary Jenkinson Pamphlet Collection (ref. pHJ). About 570 pamphlets relating to archives, archival studies, palaeography, diplomatics, bibliography, and a wide variety of related subjects, in many languages.


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Additional Information

This material is original