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Archive of the Past & Present Society


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Correspondence and papers relating to publications by and the administration of the Past and Present Society. Mainly comprises referee comments on articles submitted to Past & Present, as well as correspondence and papers relating to Past and Present Society conferences and books.


  • Creation: 1952-2011


63.0 Linear metres (374 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Conditions Governing Use

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Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Past & Present 5].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Past & Present 1-374.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6960, 6744


Correspondence and papers of the Past and Present Society.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1952, the Oxford-based Past and Present Society runs Past & Present, a journal of historical studies - the first issue arriving in February 1952. From the 1960s the Society published its own books (through, variously, Kegan & Paul, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press) and sponsored history conferences. Trevor Aston, a tutor in history and fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was the first editor (1960-1985). Aston was succeeded at his death in 1985 by Paul Slack. As of 2016, the editors are Alexandra Walsham and Matthew Hilton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Past and Present Society in 1989 and 2012.

Archive of the Past & Present Society
Finding aid prepared by Charlotte McKillop-Mash
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom