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Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings and correspondence on history of Downing College, 1897 - 1936

 File — Container: DCPP/STE/1/1
Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/STE/1/1

Scope and Contents

Inscribed by H.W.P. Stevens: This book with all my antiquarian mss. and printed matter I leave to Downing College 25/3/08.
The volume contains information on different people and events connected with the College and is an extremely interesting and useful research tool, including extensive correspondence amassed by Stevens during his research for his history of the College. Includes photographs (in press articles) of Downing Master Dr Alex Hill and also Professor of Law Courtney Stanhope Kenny and correspondence and presscuttings relating to other figures (including Maitland - and letter from his daughter regarding his portrait by Locke, Walter Douglas Aston, David Lewis Harris, Kenny, Charles Skinner Matthews etc). Includes correspondence regarding the Downing family pedigree, the 2nd Baronet's excommunication, Downing family burials at Croydon, Downing family portraits (including that of Lady Margaret Downing by Gainsborough), Dunwich, correspondence with the Fullertons/ Irish Downing etc. Includes postcard showing girls baking, marked 'East Hatley, 1909' and photographic postcard of ? Jackson's family and cottage at Tadlow, 13 March 1893; Downing College Theological Society Lent Term 1909 programme (first meeting after its formation); Prayer for Downing College, 1907; Downing College reunion Dinner, with photograph of the Hall and railings, 7 July 1908; copy of Cecil G Hare's proposed new buildings (Library), 1914; article in The Cambridge Chronicle and University Journal, 15 Dec 1915, on new Master Prof Albert Charles Seward, following Prof Howard Marsh and Dr Alex Hill, who 'set up a tradition for Downing College as a patron, so to speak, of municipal service'. Includes presscuttings of Sir Henry Jackson (ex-Tutor) as Conservative candidate 1931; opening of Sir Herbert Baker's new buildings, 1932; new Master Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond; Col. W J Bosworth; Sir Ellis (Jones Ellis-) Griffith; Sir Isambard Owen; Thomas William Danby; postcards of The Moon Gate at Gamlingay and West Range from side of the East Range (with gravel); George Vere Benson.


  • 1897 - 1936

Conditions Governing Access

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.


1 volume(s) (Volume) : Paper

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Binding broken, loose enclosures. Discolouration from acidic presscuttings. Conserved, 2018.

Former / Other Reference



Stevens, H.W. Pettit

Finding aid date

2001-05-31 14:21:16+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
Downing College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1DQ United Kingdom
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