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  • Title
    Opal Whiteley papers
  • Held at
  • Reference
    MS949
  • Date
    1843, c1900-c1978
  • Creator
    Whiteley, Opal (1897-1992) writerMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    The vast majority of these papers relate to Whiteley's life between 1923 and 1938. They cover the years when she lived in England and are also a useful source for information concerning her travels in India, although there is practically nothing relating to her visit to Rome and the period of her residence in Austria. There is an extensive series of letters written to Whiteley whilst she was living in England. These letters (MS 949/1B) indicate the friendships and contacts that she made in England and maintained overseas. They also give information about her work and activities during this period of her life. The ephemera and other material collected by Whiteley provides supporting information about her concerns and interests during this period (MS 949/5-7). There is a large amount of photographic material in this collection, the bulk of which was created during Whiteley's travels in India during 1924 and 1925 (MS 949/8-9). As well as being a source of information about Whiteley herself and the places which she visited, the images also give information about the region of Udaipur, its people, architecture and social customs. The photographic material is supported by letters to Whiteley and papers and letters written by her whilst in India (MS 949/3). There is also a significant amount of material written by Whiteley for her own use (MS 949/4). It is rather difficult to make sense of much of this material, although some of it clearly relates to her interests and research. However, these papers clearly give an indication of Whiteley's state of mind at this period. The papers of Opal Whiteley held at the University of London are an essential source for those researching her time in India and England. Other parts of her life are covered by papers held in other repositories. See 'Related Material' for further information about this.
  • Conditions of access
    Open for research. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. See Archivist for details. At least 24 hours notice is necessary for research visits.
  • Exent
    13 boxes, 1 large box
  • Language
    English, French, German, Italian
  • System of Arrangement
    Before arrangement and cataloguing, these papers were in an extremely muddled state. No attempt has been made to reconstruct any original order which may have existed. The material has therefore been arranged with the practicalities of research in mind. There is one exception to this system. Within the material there were a number of papers which appear to have been grouped by Whiteley for some purpose. This arrangement has been maintained and is indicated where necessary.
  • Finding aids
    Catalogued online (click on the "contains" icon below). A pdf of a hard-copy handlist, The Papers of Opal Whiteley MS 949 by Ali Burdon and Gillian Murphy (July 2001), is also attached to this description. It is also available in the Special Collections reading room, Senate House Library.
  • Related files
  • Related
    Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Library, University of Oregon holds photographs, correspondence, class notes, personal notes and memoranda, material relating to her Christian Endeavor work, collected printed matter, and books, 1911-1922 (ref: Ax 97). Oregon State Library, Cottage Grove Public Library, and the Oregon Historical Society in Portland also hold material relating to Whiteley. There is also some material in private hands.
  • Level of description
    fonds
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