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Stanley French papers, 1807 - 1989

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/FREN

Scope and Contents

From the Management Group:

Including papers of Masters, Professors and Fellows of Downing College, and gifts from past members. Includes academic administrative records but not estates correspondence.


  • Creation: 1807 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

Some records series are subject to confidentiality restrictions with the following closure periods: 30 years from date of creation for general administration files, legal records and financial files; 50 years from date of creation for governmental records, including papers of the College Governing Body and College Council, and constituent committees; 100 years from date of creation for personal and personnel records, including tutorial files, staff and fellows files and appointment records, personal finance and pension records. In addition sensitive correspondence and papers concerning College affairs such as disputes and disciplinary matters are closed for 100 years. Restrictions apply on some personal and private papers.

Biographical / Historical

Stanley French first came to Downing College to read English as an undergraduate in 1924-7. Forty years later, after a career with the Civil Service, he would return as Fellow and Steward (1967-73). On his retirement he continued to maintain an active commitment to the College as Emeritus Fellow and Honorary Archivist. He was also the unofficial historian of Downing College, producing 3 volumes about Downing history. From 1977-8 he was President of the Downing Association and he was Secretary and Editor of the Association Newsletter for three decades until 1988.


c. 5 archive box(es) : Paper

Language of Materials


Related Materials

See DCHR/1/2 for files on Downing members originally compiled by Stanley French. See DCHR/1/2/FR for reference file.


French, Stanley (1906-1988)

Finding aid date

2001-06-19 10:26:12+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
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