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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
HALL, Hubert (1857-1944)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Hall, Hubert, 1857-1944, archivist

Administrative / Biographical history

Born at Hesley Hall, near Doncaster, Yorkshire, 1857; educated at Shrewsbury School and Wren's; obtained a place in the Civil Service and entered the Public Record Office as a junior clerk, 1879; promoted to senior clerk, 1892; promoted to assistant keeper, 1912; acted as resident officer from 1891; as inspecting officer of records from 1905; retired in 1921; his official duties were in modern departmental records, but he increasingly spent his leisure in research on medieval history; literary director of the Royal Historical Society, 1891-1938; honorary secretary, 1894-1903; vice-president, 1923-1927; promoted its succession to the work of the defunct Camden Society, 1897; active in the Selden Society from 1894, and vice-president, 1939-1942; closely associated with Sidney and Beatrice Webb in their history of English local government (1906-1929) and in the foundation of the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1895; The Red Book of the Exchequer (1896), of which Hall succeeded W D Selby as editor, was criticized in J H Round's Studies on the Red Book of the Exchequer ; Reader in Palaeography and Economic History, University of London, 1896-1926; taught palaeography, diplomatic and economic history at the London School of Economics, 1896-1919; and at King's College London, 1919-1926; trained many contributors to the Victoria County History ; secretary of the Royal Commission on public records, 1910-1918; the chief author of the appendixes to its three reports, 1912-1919; honorary LittD, Cambridge University, 1920; Vice-President of the Historical Association, 1925-1929; Special Lecturer, London School of Economics, 1926-1930; Special Examiner, University of London, and member of the Palæography Sub-Committee, Institute of Historical Research, 1930-1938; supervised the arrangement of British family manuscripts in the Huntington Library, USA, 1931-1932; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; died in Rochester, 1944. Publications: Introduction to the Study of the Pipe Rolls (Pipe Roll Society, 1884); A History of the Custom-Revenue in England (1885); Society in the Elizabethan Age (1886); Court Life under the Plantagenets (1890); The Antiquities and Curiosities of the Exchequer (1891); succeeded W D Selby as editor of the 'Rolls Series' edition of The Red Book of the Exchequer (3 volumes, 1896); The Receipt Roll of the Exchequer for Michaelmas Term xxxi Henry II, AD 1185 (1899); The English Historical Review and the Red Book of the Exchequer [1899]; The Pipe Roll of the Bishopric of Winchester 1208-1209 (1903); The Commonwealth Charter of the City of Salisbury 1656 (1907); Studies in English Official Historical Documents (1908); Formula book of English official historical documents (1908-1909); Select Bibliography for the Study, Sources and Literature of English Mediaeval Economic History (1914); A Repertory of British Archives (1920); British Archives and the Sources for the History of the World War (1925); List and Index of the Publications of the Royal Historical Society, 1871-1924, and of the Camden Society, 1840-1897 (1925); contributions to historical and antiquarian journals.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to King's College London by Hall's family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Manuscript notes by Hubert Hall on the Red Book of the Exchequer (a volume, originating in the 13th century, containing precedents and memoranda), undated [1896].

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

Language/scripts of material

English, Latin

Finding aids

Collection level description available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

The manuscript Red Book of the Exchequer and its original binding are at the Public Record Office (Ref: E 164/2, E 166/2/1).

Related units of description

Centre for Kentish Studies holds papers of Hubert Hall (Ref: U890). Public Record Office holds correspondence and papers of Hall, 1881-1944 (Ref: PRO 44). King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge, holds 175 letters, 1886-1911, to Oscar Browning (Ref: OB). University of London Library, Senate House, holds 32 letters, 1888-1896, to J H Round (Ref: IHR). London University, British Library of Political and Economic Science, holds 10 letters, 1902-1932, from Sidney and Beatrice Webb.

Publication note

Hall's edition of The Red Book of the Exchequer , to which the notes presumably pertain, was published in three volumes in 1896.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: brief description in King's College London Manuscripts and Private Papers: A Select Guide (1982); Who's Who; Dictionary of National Biography; British Library online catalogue; National Register of Archives; Public Record Office online catalogue; The Red Book of the Exchequer, ed Hubert Hall (1896).

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2001

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  • Central government
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • Historical periods
  • History
  • Medieval history
  • Public administration

Personal names

  • Hall, Hubert, 1857-1944, Archivist

Corporate names

  • Exchequer
  • King's College London College Archives

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