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Personal papers of Michael Harris, Overseas Division Director, and Joe Mitty, Gift Shops Manager, 1948-2007 and n.d. [late 1940s-c.1992]

MS. Oxfam DON/1/3

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  1. Folder 1: Michael Harris's personal papers, including a mass mailing letter of thanks to donors sent by Lady Ogilvie, Jesus College, on behalf of Oxfam, n.d. [late 1940s], Oxfam guides to parts of Lesotho by David Ambrose, 1967-1969, reports relating to Oxfam work in Brazil, 1982-1983, and a photocopy of a letter from former Oxfam Director, Brian Walker, to William Shawcross regarding his publication The Quality of Mercy, 1984, 1967-1987 and n.d. [late 1940s-1960s]
  2. Folder 2: correspondence of Joe Mitty, including a letter of appreciation from Cecil Jackson-Cole, 1951, and correspondence with Andrews Estate Agents, which was founded by Cecil Jackson-Cole in 1946, 2003, 1951-2003
  3. Folder 3: photographs belonging to Joe Mitty, including the Broad Street Oxfam shop interiors and exteriors, 1948-1971 and n.d. [late 1940s-1970s] and the Princess Royal's visit to the shop in 1963, 1948-2003 and n.d. [late 1940s-1970s]
  4. Folder 4: press cuttings collected by Joe Mitty, including The Daily Telegraph Magazine feature 'Salesman on the Side of the Angels' by Byron Rogers, 6 Aug 1971, 1963-2007
  5. Folder 5: shops publicity materials and other documents relating to the history of Oxfam shops, collected by Joe Mitty, including a postcard featuring the poem 'Oxford Famine Relief Shop' by Culex [n.d. 1950s], 1964-2004 and n.d. [1950s-1980s]
  6. Folder 6: documents relating to the history of Oxfam, collected by Joe Mitty, including a booklet for a service of thanksgiving for the life of Cecil Jackson-Cole, 1 Nov 1979, 1966-1979 and n.d. [c.1992]


  • 1948-2007 and n.d. [late 1940s-c.1992]


1 box (5 folders)


MS. Oxfam DON/1/3

Biographical / Historical

Joe Mitty was asked by Oxfam's archivist about the origins of the 'Oxford Famine Relief Shop' poem postcard: "Yes! I remember very well - it was in the mid 1950s. The poem was written by 'Culex', a pseudonym of a poet who wrote every Friday for the Oxford Times. I found out (from Michael Rowntree, the owner of the Oxford Times and the then Oxfam Chair of Trustees), that 'Culex' was a Mrs Stanier. Mrs Stanier happened to be the wife of the headmaster of my son's school. One day Mrs Stanier happened to come into the Broad Street shop - so I asked her to write a poem for us. I then asked Michael Rowntree if he wouldn't mind printing some copies of the poem on postcards (for free - I never used to pay for anything that I could manage to get for free), which we then sold in the shop for 3d. We sold lots and even had to get more printed."

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom