Fonds WINS - Lectures by D. A. Winstanley on Constitutional History

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Lectures by D. A. Winstanley on Constitutional History


  • c. 1906-35 (Creation)

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1 box; paper

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Denys Arthur Winstanley was born in London and attended Trinity College, Cambridge as an Entrance Scholar, reading history between 1897 and 1902. He was Lightfoot Scholar in 1901. From 1903 to 1906 he was a Schools Inspector at Durham, but returned to Trinity in 1906 and from then until 1914 was a Trinity Fellow and Lecturer in history. During the First World War, Winstanley worked in intelligence in Egypt. In 1919 he returned to Trinity as History Tutor, was appointed Senior Tutor in 1925, and became Vice-Master of Trinity College in 1935, serving until his death in 1947.

Dr Winstanley's publications fall into two categories: English constitutional history of the eighteenth century: 'Personal and Party Government, 1760-1766 (1910), and 'Lord Chatham and the Whig Opposition' (1912); and histories of Cambridge: 'The University of Cambridge in the Eighteenth Century' (1922), 'Unreformed Cambridge' (1935), 'Early Victorian Cambridge' (1940), and 'Later Victorian Cambridge' (1947). In late 1945 he had an operation from which he never really recovered, and died at Trinity College on 20 March 1947.

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A preliminary box list was made c. 1990[?] using the previous title the Denys Arthur Winstanley Papers.

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Accompanied by a note on the stationery of R. Robson, Tutor, Trinity College: 'D. A. Winstanley -- Lectures on Constitutional History (from Dr G. Kitson Clark's room).'

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Sixty-six lectures on constitutional history written in Winstanley's hand on loose sheets of paper, each headed with a lecture number and title, accompanied by a holograph book list relating to study of the 16th century and an incomplete lecture/review? on George I and his relationship with his Cabinet and Secretaries of State. The items are undated but presumably date from one of Winstanley's tenures at Cambridge, i.e. 1906-14 and 1919-35.

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      Preliminary box list created c1990?

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      Other Winstanley materials at Trinity College Cambridge:
      ADD.Ms.a.171: D A Winstanley's notes on Trinity College v British Museum
      ADD.Ms.a.480: DVD recording of 'The Shame of the Shelfords' by D A Winstanley performed in aid of the Grantchester Tower Appeal together with a programme
      ADD.Ms.c.157: D A Winstanley: notebook containing humorous poetry and prose by F M Cornford
      See his 14 letters in the Personal Correspondence series in the Papers of Sir James Ramsay Montagu Butler, BUTJ.
      One letter to Sir James George Frazer in the Sir James George Frazer Papers, FRAZ/4/18.

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      Cite as: Trinity College Library Cambridge, Denys Arthur Winstanley Lectures on Constitutional History, WINS.


      Previously titled the Denys Arthur Winstanley Papers.

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          Collection level description created by Diana Smith in June 2019, using the preliminary box list.

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