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Raymond Lister: daybooks, notebooks, notes and scrapbook

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10106

Scope and Contents

A collection of daybooks (diaries), notebooks and a scrapbook written and compiled by Lister.

Many of the volumes have documents loosely inserted or pasted in. The inserted items include letters, programmes for musical performances and other events, menus and seating plans, tickets, bills, photographs, postcards, greetings cards, trade cards, orders of service, press cuttings, and drawings.


  • Creation: Mid to late twentieth century


Conditions Governing Access

Most of the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Access to the daybooks from 1980 onwards (MSS Add.10016/5-9) is restricted until 1 January 2040.


0.054 cubic metre(s) (17 volumes and one bundle) : Paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated, 2015 (daybooks and notebooks) and 2016 (scrapbook).


Some of the volumes have a hybrid character, combining dated diary entries with notes of a general character. The term 'daybook' (which was apparently preferred to 'diary' by Lister) has been applied where the predominant nature of the volume's entries is such as to comprise a sequential and contemporaneous account of Lister's life. The term 'notebook' is used when the predominant nature of the entries is of a more general, miscellaneous or retrospective nature.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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