MC:F51 Papers of C. S. “Tom Brown” Stevens (Fellow 1933-72)
Courtney Edward Stevens (14/04/1905-01/09/1976), often known by the nickname ‘Tom Brown’, was a fellow of Magdalen from 1933-1972. An ancient historian, he was well informed in many fields and proved a popular, if eccentric, presence at Magdalen. During the war he helped to produce propaganda for use in print and on the airwaves, and is reputed to have suggested the use of the opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on the BBC European Service, which famously spelt ‘V’ for victory in Morse code. He was known to be an inspiring and gifted tutor, and is believed to have been delivering up to forty hours of tutorials per week at one time. These engagements prevented him from publishing as many academic works as he might otherwise have liked to.
There are two groups of papers of Stevens in the archives, as follows:
MC:F51/AU1 Recordings of Lectures given by Stevens
MC:F51/MS1 Miscellaneous Lectures and Notes
MC:F51/MS2 Notes on Virgil
The manuscript of his speech on P.G. Wodehouse was presented to the library by Stevens in 1964. It is not known when he presented the copies of Nachrichten fur die Truppe. The items in MC:F51/AU1 and MC:F51/MS1–MS2 were given to the archives by Dr. Barbara Levick, Emeritus Fellow in Ancient History of St. Hilda’s College (who was one of Stevens’s literary executors), in April 2015 as Accession No. 15/58.
Catalogued in September 2010 by Sean Rippington; recatalogued in April 2015 by Robin Darwall-Smith.