MC:PR33/2/1C President Gordon’s Office: out-letters
Typed copies of letters from President Gordon divided into a series of 25 bound volumes, each containing an alphabetical index in a burgundy notebook (except where noted), listing who the letters are to and giving the relevant letter numbers. The numbering system labels each individual sheet, so if the letter is on more than one page it may have more than one number. There is a brief summary of the contents of the folios below and the indexes in each book should be used as further finding aids.
The correspondence falls into four main categories: references and testimonials, students, college business and Gordon’s presidential and academic business.
References and testimonials: These are for College staff moving on to further employment (academic staff or College servants), students or for applications to academic posts at Magdalen, Oxford and other institutions around the country.
Students: This correspondence deals with issues such as applications from home and overseas students to Magdalen, examinations, scholarships and exhibitions, nominations and other related matters.
College Business: Correspondence regarding speeches, dinners, the letting of rooms, meetings of clubs, chapel and choir matters and letters to other colleges/fellows.
Presidential/Academic Business: A small section of the letters concern meetings with other Fellows and Magdalenses, as well as correspondence relating to his academic work, books, lectures etc.
NOTE: Any letters referring to people still living are closed during their lifetimes.
Listed below are the volumes, in chronological order, giving their catalogue number and the dates and letter numbers of the letters therein.
MC:PR33/2/1C/1 27 Aug–13 Oct 1930
Letter numbers: 1-400.
MC:PR33/2/1C/2 31 Oct 1930–9 Jan 1931
Letter numbers: 401-800.
MC:PR33/2/1C/3 9 Jan–4 Mar 1931
Letter numbers: 801-1200.
MC:PR33/2/1C/4 4 Mar–27 May 1931
Letter numbers: 1201-1600.
MC:PR33/2/1C/5 27 May–30 Jul 1931
Letter numbers: 1601-2000.
MC:PR33/2/1C/6 30 Jul–1 Dec 1931
Letter numbers: 2001-2400.
MC:PR33/2/1C/7 1 Dec 1931–8 Feb 1932
Letter numbers: 2401-2801.
MC:PR33/2/1C/8 8 Feb–22 Apr 1932
Letter numbers: 2802-3200.
MC:PR33/2/1C/9 25 Apr–15 Jun 1932
Letter numbers: 3201-3600.
MC:PR33/2/1C/10 15 Jun–30 Sep 1932
Letter numbers: 3601-4000.
MC:PR33/2/1C/11 30 Sep–18 Nov 1932
Letter numbers: 4001-4400.
MC:PR33/2/1C/12 21 Nov 1932–7 Feb 1933
Letter numbers: 4401-4800.
MC:PR33/2/1C/13 1 Feb–26 Apr 1933
Letter numbers: 4802-5200.
MC:PR33/2/1C/14 26 Apr–29 Jun 1933
Letter numbers: 5201-5600.
MC:PR33/2/1C/15 29 Jun–16 Oct 1933
Letter numbers: 5601-6000.
MC:PR33/2/1C/16 16 Oct–8 Dec 1933
Letter numbers: 6001-6400.
MC:PR33/2/1C/17 8 Dec 1933–20 Feb 1934
Letter numbers: 6401-6800.
MC:PR33/2/1C/18 20 Feb–15 May 1934
Letter numbers: 6801-7200.
MC:PR33/2/1C/19 16 May–21 Sep 1934
Letter numbers: 7201-7600.
MC:PR33/2/1C/20 21 Sep–23 Nov 1934
Letter numbers: 7601-8000.
Index of addressees and corresponding letter numbers missing.
MC:PR33/2/1C/21 23 Nov 1934–11 Feb 1935
Letter numbers: 8001-8400.
MC:PR33/2/1C/22 11 Feb–3 May 1935
Letter numbers: 8401-8800.
MC:PR33/2/1C/23 8 May–17 Jul 1935
Letter numbers: 8801-9200.
MC:PR33/2/1C/24 17 Jul 1935–9 Jan 1936
Letter numbers: 9201-9600.
The volumes covering 9 January 1936 to 4 October 1939 are missing.
MC:PR33/2/1C/25 4 Oct 1939–24 May 1940
Letter numbers: 14001-14238.
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