Charles Ogden: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8309: Notebook containing the first draft of The meaning of meaning, 1901-1911, 95 pages, the work Ogden co-authored with the literary critic I.A Richards.

MS.Add.8310/I: Correspondence with the authors of Psyche miniatures and Psyche monographs, 1922-1956.

MS.Add.8310/II: Miscellaneous correspondence concerning Psyche, 1921-1938, including many letters from the editors, W. Whateley Smith and Warren J. Vinton.

MS.Add.8310/III: Miscellaneous papers concerning Psyche: orders, accounts, invoices, promotional material, lists of addresses, 1926-1954, c. 200 items.

MS.Add.8311: Letters from Ogden's friend James Wood, c. 1908-1975, 393 items.

MS.Add.8312/I: Correspondence between Ogden and Ivy Litvinov, the British-born wife of the Soviet Foreign Minister, 1930-1937, 208 items, concerning their efforts to introduce Basic English into Russia.

MS.Add.8312/II: Other items relating to Basic English in Russia, mainly letters to Ogden, 1930-1956, 132 items.

MS.Add.8312/III: Newspaper cuttings relating to Ivy Litvinov, 1933 - c. 1943, 30 items.

MS.Add.8313: Letters from E.B.F. Wareing, 1912-1953, 149 items, many dating from his time in Germany with the Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission between 1918-1929.

MS.Add.8313: Other items, 1898-1940, 19 items, mainly correspondence.

MS.Add.8314: Miscellaneous letters to Ogden, 1889-1952, 60 items, including many from Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Kay Ogden (1889-1957) was a linguisitic psychologist and author, who invented Basic English. He was the founder of the Orthological Institute and the Cambridge magazine, and edited the journal Psyche.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1981.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Related Material

University College, London, holds manuscripts from Ogden's library, dating from the fourteenth century to the twentieth century, and his papers relating to legal affairs and the Basic English Foundation, 1910-1987. McMaster University Library, Hamilton, Canada, holds Ogden correspondence, c. 1932-1963.

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