Papers of Sir Frank Francis

Scope and Content

Contains the personal papers and correspondence of Sir Frank Francis, including papers relating to: speeches, writings and research; committee, club, and association membership; consultancies; social occasions, events, and openings; conferences and symposia; and national and international librarianship and bibliography matters. Some family papers are also included, as is a small amount of posthumous papers collected by Francis's wife and daughter after, and chiefly relating to, his death.


Arranged as follows:

  • Add MS 89010/1 Research and writings
  • Add MS 89010/2 Correspondence
  • Add MS 89010/3 Dinners, gallery, library and exhibition openings, and other events
  • Add MS 89010/4 Papers relating to the British Museum
  • Add MS 89010/5 Papers relating to the National Reference Library of Science and Invention
  • Add MS 89010/6 Speeches, talks, and lectures
  • Add MS 89010/7 Conferences, symposia, and association meetings
  • Add MS 89010/8 International Federation of Library Associations
  • Add MS 89010/9 Committee and council membership
  • Add MS 89010/10 18th Century Short Title Catalogue
  • Add MS 89010/11 Council on Library Resources
  • Add MS 89010/12 Library of Congress National Union Catalog
  • Add MS 89010/13 Correspondence and papers relating to Magdalene College, Cambridge’s facsimile of Caxton’s first nine books of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • Add MS 89010/14 The British Library
  • Add MS 89010/15 Personal papers
  • Add MS 89010/16 Papers collected by Frank Francis
  • Add MS 89010/17 Other papers collected by Frank Francis

Access Information


Not Public Record(s)

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jane Francis, daughter of Sir Frank Francis, Sep 2003

Related Material

For official papers relating to Francis's tenure as Director and Principal Librarian of the British Museum (1959-1968) please contact the British Museum Central Archives.