Archive of the Past & Present Society
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.
63.0 Linear metres (374 physical shelfmarks)
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MSS. Past & Present 1-374.
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CMD ID 6960, ID 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
- Language of description