English Speaking Union Records
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English Speaking Union Records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: English-Speaking Union.
Title: English Speaking Union Records
Dates: 1940-2000, undated
Quantity: 7.923 linear ft.
Quantity: (19 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS516

Biographical/Historical Note

An international charity, the English Speaking Union (ESU) was founded in 1918 to promote “international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language. Their stated vision “is to provide people in the UK and internationally with communication skills, confidence, and networking opportunities.” Founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench, the ESU has almost forty branches in the United Kingdom and over fifty internationally. The Atlanta Branch of the English Speaking Union was organized in March 1940, and has been active in various ESU programs, such as English in Action; the Books-Across-the-Sea project, begun shortly after World War II; exchange programs to provide opportunities for teachers and students to study abroad; a lecture series; and many other planned events. The organization remains active as of 2010.


Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection consists of meeting minutes, financial records, annual reports, membership lists, correspondence, publications, and scholarship fund information. Publications include English Speaking Union News and The Branch Officer’s Bulletin. Also included are the dissertations of Ph.D. students awarded grants from the Atlanta Branch’s scholarship funds to help them pursue their research in England.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles assigned by staff.


Index Terms

Associations, institutions, etc.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Bleckley, Katharine Caroline, b. 1892
Early, Clifford Cabel
England
English-Speaking Union.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

English Speaking Union Records, MSS 516, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of The English Speaking Union, Atlanta Branch, 1981 (1981.161; 1981.224), 1982 (1982.35), 1999 (1999.207).

Processing Information

Collection re-processed in 2010.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Related Material

Photographs have been removed and are unprocessed. Please contact archivist for access to these materials.


Container List

 

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11Accounting Reports, 1962-1965
 
2Activities Reports, 1971-1980
 
3Annual Meeting of the English Speaking Union, 1944
 
4Annual Reports, 1943-1946
 
5Annual Reports, 1964-1975
 
6Annual Reports, 1977-1981
 
7Annual Reports, 1984 – 1994
 

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21Atlanta Branch Bylaws and other papers, undated
 
2Atlanta Branch Charter Contract, 1959
 
3Atlanta Branch Charter Dissolution, 1964
 
4Atlanta Branch Planning Committees for National Council Meeting, 1965
 

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31Clifford Cabel Early Fund
 
2-4Committee Correspondence, 1967-1969
 
5Committee Purposes, 1987
 
6Correspondence: Atlanta Branch, Allied War Relief Documents, 1940
 

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41Correspondence: Atlanta Branch, Allied War Relief Documents, 1942
 
2Correspondence: Correspondence: Atlanta Branch, Allied War Relief Documents, 1943
 
3Correspondence: Atlanta Branch, Allied War Relief Documents, 1946
 
4Correspondence, 1967-1969
 
5Correspondence, 1985-1990
 
6Correspondence, 1991-1997
 

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51Correspondence-Clayton Rich, 1990
 
2Correspondence-Clayton Rich, 1990
 
3Correspondence: Committees, 1967-1969
 
4Correspondence: National Council Meeting, 1965
 
5Correspondence, undated
 

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6Dissertation: Begemann, Rosemary Edith, “The English Press and The French Revolution, 1789-1793,”, 1973
 
Dissertation: Callahan, Helen, “Thomas Wharton, Marquis of Wharton, 1648-1715: A Biography,”, 1973
 

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7Dissertation: Christy, F. Jean, “Anglo-American Diplomacy and The Decline of the British Empire, 1919-1930: The British View,”, 1970
 
Dissertation: Derden, John Kenneth, “The British Embassy in Paris in 1848,”, 1981
 
1Dissertation: Keene, Thomas Harry, “The Foreign Office and The Making of British Foreign Policy, 1929-1935,” (Part 1), 1974
 

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81Dissertation: Keene, Thomas Harry, “The Foreign Office and The Making of British Foreign Policy, 1929-1935,” (Part 2), 1974
 
Dissertation: Koerper, Phillip Eldon, “The Pacific Cable: A Link in the Telegraphic Communications of The British Empire,”, 1971
 
Dissertation: Lambert III, William Jay, “Griqualand West As A Crown Colony: An Early History of The Kimberley Diamond Fields,”, 1976
 
Dissertation: Major, William Evans, “The Public Life of the Third Earl of Malmesbury,”, 1980
 

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9Dissertation: Swails, III, John Washington, “Austen Henry Layard and the Near East, 1839-1880,”, 1983
 
1Education Exchange Programs/Travel Opportunities, 1982-1984
 
2Education Exchange Programs/Travel Opportunities, 1985-1996
 
3Ella Mae Thornton Fund, 1967-1982
 
4Events/Programs, 1953-1971
 

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101Events/Programs, 1972-1974
 
2Events/Programs, 1976-1977
 
3Events/Programs, 1984-1987
 
4Finances, Dues, Bills, Receipts, 1940-1946
 
5Financial Statements, 1969-1981
 
6Invitations and Notices, 1981-1997
 

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111Invitations and Notices, 1981-1997
 
2Invitations and Notices, 1981-1997
 
3Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1959-1968
 
4Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1968-1970
 
5Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1970- 1972
 
6Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1972-1974
 

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121Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1975-1976
 
2Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1976-1978
 
3Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1978-1979
 
4Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1980-1981
 
5Katharine Bleckley Fund, 1981-1982
 
6Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1963-1964
 
7Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1964-1965
 
8Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1965-1966
 

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131Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1967-1968
 
2Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1968
 
3Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1969-1970
 
4Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1971-1977
 
5Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1978-1980
 
6Meeting Minutes/Agendas, 1981-1997
 

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141Membership, 1940-1944
 
2Membership, 1945-1946
 
3Membership/Officers/Branch Presidents, 1965-1966
 
4Membership, 1976-1987
 
5Membership Rosters, 1965-1980
 
6Membership Rosters, 1987-1993
 

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151Memos, 1941
 
2National Bylaws/Committees: Atlanta Branch/Directors, 1965-1966
 
3National Council Meetings, 1964
 
4National Council Meetings, 1965
 
5National Council Meetings, 1982-1985
 
6National Council Meeting, 1988
 
7National Council Meetings, 1990
 

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161National Council Meeting, 1991
 
2National Patrons Membership, 1990-1992
 
3News and Other Publications, 1965-1989
 
4News and Other Publications, 1990-1991
 
5News and Other Publications, 1992-1996
 
6Newsletters – Atlanta, President’s Report, 1987
 
7Newsletters – Other Branches, 1987
 
8Newsletter Templates, 1985-1987
 

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171Newspaper Clips, 1940-1951
 
2Newspaper Releases/Clippings, 1971-1997
 
3Program materials, 1944
 
4Program materials, 1945
 

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181Record of National Council Committee Meetings, 1964 September – 1965 March
 
2Record of National Council Committee Meetings, 1965 April-August
 
3Record of National Council Committee Meetings, 1965 September - October
 
4Region V Meetings, 1983-1993
 
5Scrapbook, 1951-1952
 

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191Second World Member’s Meeting, 1980
 
2Shakespeare Competition, 1986-1997
 
3Special Funds Annual Report, 1986-1987
 
4Statements of Revenue Collected and Expenses Disbursed, 1971-1975
 
5The George Washington Ball, 1985
 
6Various Reports, 1984-1996
 
7World Conference Reports, 1986-1989
 
8Yearbook Roster Information, 1997
 
9Yearbook, 1997-1998
 

Box

MSS OS box 3.260Scrapbook, undated