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Walter Fraser Oakeshott papers, 1926-1986

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Finding aid for the Walter Fraser Oakeshott papers, 1926-1986 (bulk 1949-1986)
Series I. Personal and professional papers, 1949-1986 .75 lin. ft.
Series I contains correspondence, with many copies of Oakeshott's replies, arranged chronologically. Letters from the early years (1949-1954) date from Oakeshott's Headmastership at Winchester College and consist mainly of requests from editors for articles and book reviews by him, or letters from colleagues regarding his research and publication projects. Correspondence from later years (1954-1972) dates from Oakeshott's time at Lincoln and Oxford and includes both professional and personal letters. Notable correspondents are Bernard Rackham, Sir Francis Oppenheimer, and Sir Robert Birley. The files also contain several of Oakeshott's notebooks, some filled with sermons and writings in his hand, with many notes and clippings inserted. This series contains drafts of sermons, obituaries and eulogies, and addresses produced by Oakeshott largely during his time at Winchester, Lincoln, and Oxford; a speech made by Oakeshott at his 80th birthday party; several personal photographs, loose clippings, and ephemera.
Box Folder
1 1 Professional correspondence, 1949-1951
Consists mainly of requests for book reviews, articles, and lectures by Oakeshott and letters from colleagues regarding his publication projects, with many copies of his replies; contains letter (4 pp.) from Bernard Rackham discussing Canterbury stained glass and problems he faced in his research on it (1951 Jan 5).
1 2 Professional correspondence, 1952-1954
Includes several letters from Sir Francis Oppenheimer debating points raised by Oakeshott in his review of Oppenheimer's The Legend of the Sainte Ampoule and Frankish Themes and Problems (1952-1953).
1 3 Personal and professional correspondence, 1954-1972
Includes several letters (1962-1965) from Sir Robert Birley regarding conflicts between English universities in South Africa and the South African government over apartheid and "liberalism."
1 4 Correspondence with Dennis King, 1962
Letter from Dennis King, glazier, with copy of Oakeshott's reply regarding purchase of rondelles of etched glass, with 14 photographs (1962).
1 5 Personal and professional correspondence, 1978-1986
1 6 Letters from Canon Paul Britton, 1982-1984
Letters, with enclosures, regarding microfilming of Winchester mss. and the 1984 Saxon Festival exhibition at Winchester.
1 7 Correspondence between Lincoln College and solicitors, undated
Concerning the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Montgomery; Marshall Montgomery's diplomas from Oxford and Ludwig Universities.
1 8 Miscellaneous correspondence, undated
1 9 Photographs of Oakeshott, 1963 Oct 30
5 photos of Oakeshott being shown the Atlas of Britain by David Bickmore.
1 10 2 notebooks, undated
1 containing scant notes on medieval mss. but largely blank, the other containing notes and photos of works of art in Oakeshott's personal collection; with several personal photographs.
1 11 2 notebooks, undated
With Oakeshott's writing, partially blank. Both contain many inserted clippings and papers with additional notes; miscellaneous loose clippings and ephemera.
1 12-13 4 notebooks of sermons, undated
Written by Oakeshott with many clippings and loose papers with his notes; plus Oakeshott's copy of a prayer book for evening service for the scholars at Winchester College.
1 14 Typescript and mss. sermons, 1949-1952
One given by J.D.F. [?] at College Chapel (1949 Nov 13), 2 by Oakeshott given at Winchester (Dec 1951) and Southhampton University (1952 May 28); 5 other sermons by Oakeshott (no date or place); misc. loose papers and mss. containing portions of sermons.
1 15 Obituaries and eulogies, undated
Written by Oakeshott for Claude Anthony Merriman, George Gater, and A.T.P. Williams, Bishop of Winchester Cathedral.
1 16 Addresses (lectures), 1952
Address given by Oakeshott to the Georgian Group (1952 Jun 17); portion of draft for the B.A. Address (undated).
1 17 Program and addresses for Encaenia 1964 (Oxford commemoration), 1964
Oakeshott, as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, presided over ceremonies.
1 18 Address (speech)
Typescript (6 pp.) and ms. notes for a speech made by Oakeshott at an 80th birthday party given him by Lincoln College.


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