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Oliver L. Zangwill Personal Correspondence

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9762

Scope and Contents

The following letters were written to the young Oliver Zangwill while an undergraduate and a postgraduate researcher at King’s College, Cambridge, and a psychologist in the brain injuries unit of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Almost all are from Olive (or Olave) Fraser and Annie Patricia Rawdon-Smith , both of whom met Zangwill and fell in love with him as students at Girton College . After his wartime service in Edinburgh, Zangwill worked at the Institute of Experimental Psychology in Oxford, before returning to Cambridge as Professor of Experimental Psychology in 1952.


  • Creation: 1934 - 1943

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Biographical / Historical

Olive Fraser (1909-77). Scottish poet; read English at Girton 1933-36 (BA 1936); Chancellor’s Medal for English verse 1935. Although Olive was her baptismal name, in all her letters to Zangwill except the first she signed herself ‘Olave’

Born Annie Patricia Parry; married A.F. Rawdon-Smith 1934; Girton 1934-36 (left without taking a degree); career in the Civil Service 1940-51; married Richard Llewelyn-Davies 1943; stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate 1951, 1955, 1959; created a life peer 1967; a Labour whip in the House of Lords 1969-82. She was generally known as ‘Pat’, but her letters to Zangwill (with the exception of the first) are signed ‘Anne’ or a pet-name such as ‘Kitten’. It seems likely that the earliest surviving letter had been preceded by others.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letters were presented to Cambridge University Library in 2007 by Professor Zangwill’s widow, Mrs Shirley Zangwill.

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