Posts tagged: Arrangement

Outline online

By , September 30, 2010 12:13 pm

A quick post to alert readers to the URL of the beginnings of the online version of the catalogue that I am producing for the ‘new’ Sassoon deposit. The collection’s classmark is MS Add.9852 and the catalogue to it may be found at:

Readers may also be interested to see catalogue entries for Sassoon items held in various other Cambridge repositories which are made available on the same website. They are indexed as part of the unified Cambridge online archival catalogues initiative at the Janus website:

A freetext search for ‘Sassoon’ using the site’s search function will also turn up further references.

A structure for the catalogue emerges

By , May 26, 2010 11:01 am

Cataloguing the collection began at the beginning of May. The material was purchased in December from the executors of George Sassoon, the only child of Siegfried Sassoon, via Sotheby’s auctioneers. The sale inventory compiled by Sotheby’s has provided enough detail to allow the identification of the main groups, or in archival jargon ‘series’, into which descriptions of the collection will be arranged. Ideally the archivist aims to preserve as much of the ‘natural’ or ‘original order’ of the material as possible whilst also creating a logical structure of ‘categories’ that allows the researcher to readily identify material of relevance to their work.

So far the following series and sub-series have been identified:

  • Journals
  • Sporting notebooks
  • Commonplace books
  • Legal and accounts
  • Poetry notebooks
  • Material relating to prose works:
    • ‘The Old Century’
    • ‘The Weald of Youth’
    • ‘Siegfried’s Journey’
    • General
  • Critical writings
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Printed matter
  • Papers of other individuals:
    • Katherine Gatty
    • The Gatty family
    • Hester Sassoon
    • Rupert Hart-Davis
    • Dom Wulstan Phillipson
    • George Baker

Once this structure is a little clearer more detailed descriptions of the series (such as covering dates) will begin to appear under the classmark MS Add.9852 amongst the Cambridge University Library Department of Manuscript’s other catalogues displayed online  at: