Richnell, Donovan (1911-1994)

Scope and Content

Notebooks, [1922-1991]; manuscripts including "Emancipated Women", "Heart-Shaped Ladies"; Library Association papers, 1959-1972; correspondence with Philip Larkin, 1965; diary, 1966-1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

Donovan Richnell was born in Bedford Park, London in 1911 and was educated at St. Paul's School and Corpus Christi, Cambridge. His war service included a posting to the Far East with the Royal Navy. He was successively; Sub-Librarian at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1946-1949; Deputy Librarian, London University Library, 1949-1960; Librarian, Reading University, 1960-1967; Director and Goldsmith's Librarian, London University Library, 1967-1974; Director General of the British Library Reference Division, 1974-1979.



Access Information

Open for research

Acquisition Information

See above

Other Finding Aids

Box listed

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Richard Temple.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

Deposited at the Library by Don Richnell's literary executor.