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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Aitken
AITKEN, William Francis (fl 1900-1936)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
Ā½ box


Name of creator(s)

Aitken, William Francis, fl 1900-1936, author and editor.

Administrative / Biographical history

Editor of The Children's Friend .

Publications: Baden Powell, the hero of Mafeking (S W Partridge & Co, London, 1900); Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (S W Partridge & Co, London, 1901); Lord Kitchener of Khartoum and of Aspall (H J Drane, London, 1901); The Marquess of Salisbury, K.G.; his inherited characteristics, political principles, and personality (S W Partridge & Co, London, 1901); Victoria, the well-beloved (S W Partridge & Co, London, 1901); Canon Barnett, Warden of Toynbee Hall: his mission and its relation to social movement (S. W. Partridge & Co, London, 1902); The Boy's Life of Greatheart Lincoln, the Martyr President (S. W. Partridge & Co, London, [1910]); Follow my Leader! (S W Partridge & Co, London, [1910]); The Chief Scout, Sir Robert Baden-Powell (S W Partridge & Co, London, [1912]); Come out to Play (S W Partridge & Co, London, [1913]); Happy all Day! (Pictures & stories for the little ones) (S W Partridge & Co, London, [1911]); Happy Days (S W Partridge & Co, London, [1913]); King of the Castle! (S W Partridge & Co, London, [1913]); Queen of the Daisies! (S W Partridge & Co, London, [1913]).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Library of King's College London in 1937, following Aitken's death, by his sister-in-law Mrs E M Parsons.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Notebook entitled 'Literature' with alphabetical bibliography and shorthand notes on Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire; letter from Helen Waddell to Aitken, 11 Apr 1933, about a poem of Peter Abelard; manuscript and typescript notes on William Shakespeare; fragments of an article on an edition of Michel de Montaigne; file of printed material, mostly comprising undated lectures on Shakespeare by Cumberland Clark, article on Shakespeare's London by Wilson Benington, Pall Mall Magazine , Aug 1912, and related ephemera; file of press cuttings, mainly relating to book reviews on the works of Shakespeare and Shakespeare's London, 1919-1936.

System of arrangement

Arranged in files as described in scope and content.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services of King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library OPAC. Compiled by Robert Baxter

Rules or conventions

National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

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Date(s) of descriptions

May 2000

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  • English literature
  • European literature
  • National literatures
  • Newspaper press
  • Press
  • Press cuttings

Personal names

  • Aitken, William Francis, fl 1900-1936, Author and Editor
  • Benington, Wilson, fl 1912, Author
  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Dramatist, Poet and Actor
  • Waddell, Helen, 1889-1965, Historian and Author

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives


  • Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England
  • London, England

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