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English Speaking Union Records

Identifier: ahc.MSS516

Scope and Contents of the Records

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.


  • 1940-2000, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


7.923 linear ft.



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles assigned by staff.

Acquisition Information

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

Related Materials

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

General Physical Description note

(19 document cases)

Processing Information

Collection re-processed in 2010.
English Speaking Union records
Inventory prepared by Melanie Stephan
August 26, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305