English Speaking Union Records
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
- English-Speaking Union (Organization)
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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.
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.
Gift of The English Speaking Union, Atlanta Branch, 1981 (1981.161; 1981.224), 1982 (1982.35), 1999 (1999.207).
General Physical Description note
(19 document cases)
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
- Language of description note