This Collection bequeathed to the University by Sir (Charles) Hilary Jenkinson (1882-1961) in 1961. As an eminent palaeographer, diplomatist and Keeper of Public Records, he formed a large library consisting of items connected with his professional career.His private papers are also in the Special Collections Centre.
Keywords: Archives; palaeography; bibliography.
Strengths: Pamphlets on archival studies, palaeography and history, many containing autograph letters of their authors.
Languages:English, French, German, Swedish, Polish, Danish, Italian, Spanish
Physical characteristics: c. 550 pamphlets. The 500 books of his working library, were, in accordance with the donors specifications, dispersed, after listing, in the general library stock.
Accumulation date range: 1908-1960
Contents date range: 1908-1960
Associated Publications: For an appreciation of his life and career and a list of his publications see the Times obituary of March 7th, 1961 and Who Was Who 1961-70. Anderson-Smith, M., 'The Special Collections in Aberdeen University Library', Aberdeen University Review, 171 (Spring 1984), 265-87, esp 280. AU MS 2786 Correspondence of Sir Hilary Jenkinson (1882-1961), archivist. Available on Library OPAC or WebPAC
Accrual Status: Closed
Custodial history/provenance: Subsequent to his being honoured with the degree of LLD by the University of Aberdeen in 1949, the eminent palaeographer, diplomatist, and keeper of Public Records, Sir Hilary Jenkinson, bequeathed to the Library in 1961 'all books and pamphlets in his library presented to him by, or containing autograph letters of, their authors'. The bequest comprised over 570 pamphlets, mainly on archives, archival studies, history and palaeography.
Access Control: Closed access - please request. Non-borrowable.