Papers of Sir Frank Merry Stenton and Lady Doris Stenton

Sir Frank Merry Stenton (1880-1967) was Professor of Modern History from 1912 to 1946 and Vice Chancellor from 1946 to 1950. His major works were The First Century of English Feudalism, 1066–1166 (1932) and Anglo-Saxon England (1943). He also contributed to the Victoria county histories and studied English place names and coins.

Lady Doris Stenton (1894–1971) was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in History at the University of Reading from 1920 to 1959. Her major works were English Society in the Early Middle Ages (1066–1307) (1951) and later editions) and The English Woman in History (1957). She made important contributions to the study of medieval charters and was instrumental in reviving the Pipe Roll Society.

The collection includes correspondence, photographs, financial records, diaries and notebooks of the 19th century Stenton family; personal correspondence, financial papers, photographs, diaries and journals of Sir Frank and Lady Stenton; papers relating to Sir Frank's appointment as Professor of Modern History 1912.

There are also deeds and charters 1587-1803; transcripts and historical notes; drafts of articles, addresses and books, including Anglo-Saxon England; reviews; committee papers, especially of the History of Parliament Trust 1948-1953; sundry papers, including obituaries of Sir Frank Stenton.

We also hold the working Stenton Library of the Stentons and Sir Frank's Stenton Coin Collection.

More information

  • The collection is not yet catalogued
  • A handlist is available at the Special Collections Service
  • Manuscript numbers MSS 950, 1148, 1183, 1225, 1237, 1245-46, 1248, 1272, 1407, 2742, 3744
history, University of Reading correspondence, personal papers, other archives/mss stenton

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