Summary Information
Title: English Nationality Room Committee Collection
Collection Number: UA.40.07
Creator: University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. English Nationality Room Committee.

Collection Dates: 1931-1981
Extent: 1.25 linear feet 4 boxes

Language: English

Abstract:
The idea for an English Nationality Room was initially proposed by Dr. Albert Mansbridge in 1927; however, the construction of the room was delayed by the outbreak of the Second World War. Led by Member of Parliament Alfred C. Bossom, the room was eventually constructed using salvaged materials from the bombed House of Commons. This collection contains correspondence, running memos, and photographs that document the construction of the English Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning and its dedication in 1952.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

November 2015
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Lindsey Woolcock, Stephen Andrew and Zachary Brodt.
Biography/History

In 1927, Dr. Albert Mansbridge proposed that an English Room be included in the plan to build Nationality Rooms around the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room. He arranged for the Courtauld Institute of Art in London to hold a competition for English architects to submit either a Georgian or Tudor design for the room. The University of London’s architecture professor, Walter Godfrey, won the competition with his Tudor design.

With the outbreak of World War II in 1939 the plans for the English Room were put on hold, but the relationship between England and the United States grew stronger. At the conclusion of the war Alfred C. Bossom, a Member of Parliament, succeeded Dr. Mansbridge as the chairman of the London committee. Bossom identified Victorian era pseudo-Gothic linenfold paneling, stone bosses and a stone fireplace within the bombed House of Commons and secured permission from the Speaker of the House, D. Clifton Brown, to salvage the relics and ship them to Pittsburgh for the English Room. Two rondells are also made of glass taken from the blitzed House of Commons. With the acquisition of these materials and the realization that Andrew W. Mellon served as Ambassador to England, Chancellor Rufus H. Fitzgerald was able to secure a $50,000 grant from the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust to complete the English Room.

In August 1952 an effort was made to create an English Room committee comprised of Englishmen in the Pittsburgh community to complete the room’s construction, such as the installation of twenty-two stained glass medallions containing the coats of arms of English universities and cities. L. Gerald First was named the first chair of this committee and on November 21, 1952, the English Room was dedicated.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists primarily of correspondence documenting the English Nationality Room Committee's efforts to secure funding, an architectural design and items for the room. Of particular interest is the correspondence of Alfred Bossom, who was the committee chair in England that arranged for the support of the British government. Also included are committee meeting minutes and running memos, which document the progress being made during the room's construction. Information regarding the room's 1952 dedication and photographs are also present.


Arrangement

The records in this collection were bound into five volumes, each of which are represented as a series in the collection as follows:

Series I. Volume I: History, Minutes, Dr. Mansbridge Correspondence and General Correspondence, 1927-1959

Series II. Volume II: Bossom Correspondence, 1948-1963

Series III. Volume III: Dedication 1952, Gifts 1948-1963, Clippings 1930-1961

Series IV. Volume IV: Architectural Design 1929-1956, Window Rondelles 1952-1958, Furniture 1954-1959

Series V. Volume V: Photographs: Classroom, Dedication, Special Events, Gifts


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Classrooms -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Corporate Names
  • Nationality Rooms (Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. English Nationality Room Committee.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program.

Personal Names
  • Bossom, Alfred C., 1881-1965
  • Godfrey, Walter H., 1881-1961
  • Mansbridge, Albert, 1876-1952
  • Mitchell, Ruth Crawford, 1890-

Genres/Forms
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Photographs

Category
  • University of Pittsburgh

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Transferred to the University Archives by the Nationality Rooms Program Office in 1999.

Preferred Citation:

English Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1931-1981, UA.40.07, University of Pittsburgh Archives

Processing Information:

The inventory to this collection was written by Lindsey Woolcock. The finding aid was written by Andrew Stephen and Zachary Brodt in October 2015.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Volume I: History, Minutes, Dr. Mansbridge Correspondence and General Correspondence, 1927-1959

Scope and Content Notes:

This volume contains a variety of documents relating to the creation and maintenance of the English Nationality Room. Included are correspondence with the first committee chair, Albert Mansbridge, discussing pre-World WAr Ii efforts to build an English Room and running memos which document the room's construction. Also present are correspondence and committee meeting minutes which document the maintenance and evolution of the room after its dedication in 1952, as well as histories of the room written by Ruth Crawford Mitchell.

Subseries 1. History of the English Room


Volume 1
Item 1 History of the Room, 1927-1952, by Ruth Crawford Mitchell, 1952
Item 2 Revised History of the English Room by Ruth Crawford Mitchell, c. 1956
Item 3 Description and History of the Room by Ruth Crawford Mitchell, 1951

Subseries 2. Running Memos, 1931-1958

Item 1 Running Memo, 1931
Item 2 Running Memo, 1932
Item 3 Running Memo, 1933
Item 4 Running Memo, 1934
Item 5 Running Memo, 1935
Item 6 Running Memo, 1936
Item 7 Running Memo, 1937
Item 8 Running Memo, 1938
Item 9 Running Memo, 1939
Item 10 Running Memo, 1940
Item 11 Running Memo, 1941
Item 12 Running Memo, 1942
Item 13 Running Memo, 1943
Item 14 Running Memo, 1944-1946
Item 15 Running Memo, 1947
Item 16 Running Memo, 1948
1. Meeting of English Steering Committee, December 20, 1948
Item 17 Running Memo, 1953
Item 18 Running Memo, 1954
Item 19 Running Memo, 1956
Item 20 Running Memo, 1957
1. Mitchell to Rupp, January 18, 1957
2. Appeal Letter by R. Hadden, February 11, 1957
3. Memo from Mitchell to Elliott, July 23, 1957
4. English Room Statement No. 1, December 12, 1952
5. English Room Statement No. 2
6. English Room Statement No. 3
7. English Room Statement No. 4
Item 21 Running Memo, 1958
Item 22 Running Memo, 1959

Subseries 3. Minutes of the English Room Committee, 1952-1958

Item 1 Committee Minutes, 1952
1. Minutes, September 26, 1952
2. Report of the Chairman, October 8, 1952
3. Firth to English Room Committees, October 7, 1952
4. Minutes, October 10, 1952
5. Minutes, October 17, 1952
6. Minutes, October 24, 1952
7. Minutes, November 7, 1952
Item 2 Committee Minutes, 1953
1. Minutes, January 27, 1953
2. Minutes, May 22, 1952
3. Firth to English Room Committees, May 27, 1953
4. Minutes, June 16, 1953
5. Minutes, September 14, 1953
6. Financial Statement, September 14, 1953
7. Minutes, December 15, 1953
8. Memorandum on Conferences, September 22, 1953
Item 3 Committee Minutes, 1954
1. Minutes, March 16, 1954
2. Minutes, October 21, 1954
3. Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes, November 15, 1954
Item 4 Committee Minutes, 1955
1. Minutes, January 11, 1955
2. Minutes, March 3, 1955
Item 5 Committee Minutes, 1956
1. Minutes, January 3, 1956
2. Memo from Firth to English Room Committee, December 10, 1956
3. Minutes, December 17, 1956
Item 6 Committee Minutes, 1957
Item 7 Committee Minutes, 1958
1. Minutes, January 6, 1958
2. Minutes, July 7, 1958
3. Perry to Mitchell, July 7, 1958
4. Meeting Minutes Corrections, July 7, 1958
5. Minutes (Corrected), July 7, 1958
6. List of Committee Members, July 7, 1958
7. Agenda, September 13, 1958
8. Memo from Mitchell to English Folder, September 15, 1958
9. Financial Report, September 13, 1958
10. Handwritten Meeting Minutes, September 13, 1958

Subseries 4. Correspondence, Dr. Albert Mansbridge, 1934-1947

Item 1 Correspondence, 1934
1. Mitchell to Mansbridge, April 21, 1934
2. Mitchell to Mansbridge, April 21, 1934
3. Mansbridge to Mitchell, June 19, 1934
4. Mansbridge to Mitchell, June 22, 1934
5. Mansbridge to Mitchell, July 17, 1934
6. Mitchell to Mansbridge, August 16, 1934
7. Edwards to Mitchell, September 3, 1934
8. Mansbridge to Mitchell, October 10, 1934
9. Constable to Mitchell, October 15, 1934
10. Mansbridge to Mitchell, October 18, 1934
11. Mitchell to Constable, November 28, 1934
12. Constable to Mitchell, December 11, 1934
13. Mitchell to Mansbridge, December 12, 1934
14. Mitchell to Mansbridge, December 27, 1934
Item 2 Correspondence, 1935
1. Mansbridge to Mitchell, January 8, 1935
2. Mitchell to Mansbridge, January 17, 1935
3. Mitchell to Mansbridge, February 5, 1935
4. Mansbridge to Mitchell, February 10, 1935
5. Mansbridge to Smalley, February 10, 1935
6. Mansbridge to Professor Tyson, July 11, 1935
7. Mitchell to Mansbridge, October 28, 1935
8. Mansbridge to Mitchell, October November 11, 1935
9. Constable to Mansbridge, December 12, 1935
10. Mansbridge to Bowman, December 15, 1935
11. Mitchell to Constable, December 17, 1935
Item 3 Correspondence, 1936
1. Constable to Mitchell, January 3, 1936
2. Mitchell to Constable, January 17, 1936
3. Mansbridge to Mitchell, January 27, 1936
4. Mitchell to Mansbridge, February 5, 1936
5. Mansbridge to Mitchell, February, 19, 1936
6. Mitchell to Mansbridge, April 13, 1936
7. Mansbridge to Mitchell, April 23, 1936
8. Constable to Mansbridge, April 23, 1936
9. Mansbridge to Bowman, May 21, 1936
10. Constable to Bowman, May 22, 1936
11. Bowman to Constable, July 7, 1936
12. Bowman to Mansbridge, July 7, 1936
13. Mitchell to Mansbridge, July 8, 1936
14. Mansbridge to Mitchell, July 21, 1936
15. Constable to Bowman, July 23, 1936
16. Mitchell to Mansbridge, July 31, 1936
17. Stegeman to Constable, August 12, 1936
18. Bowman to Mansbridge, August 12, 1936
19. Mansbridge to Mitchell, August 18, 1936
20. Mitchell to Mansbridge, August 18, 1936
21. Constable to Mitchell, October 1, 1936
22. Mansbridge to Mitchell, October 8, 1936
23. Mansbridge to Mitchell, October 20, 1936
24. Mansbridge to Mitchell, December 4, 1936
25. Mansbridge to Mitchell, December 9, 1936
Item 4 Correspondence, 1937
1. Mitchell to Mansbridge, March 8, 1937
2. Mansbridge to Mitchell, March 18, 1937
3. Mansbridge to Mitchell, July 2, 1937
4. Mitchell to Mansbridge, July 13, 1937
5. Mansbridge to Mitchell, July 21, 1937
6. Mansbridge to Mitchell
7. Mansbridge to Mitchell, October 20, 1937
8. Mitchell to Mansbridge, November 13, 1937
9. Mansbridge to Mitchell, November 24, 1937
10. Mansbridge to Mitchell, December 7, 1937
11. Mitchell to Mansbridge, December 19, 1937
12. Mansbridge to Mitchell, December 30, 1937
13. Mansbridge to Mitchell, December 30, 1937
Item 5 Correspondence, 1938
1. Mansbridge to Mitchell, January 10, 1938
2. Mitchell to Mansbridge, January 18, 1938
3. Mansbridge to Mitchell, January 28, 1938
4. Godfrey to Mitchell, February 4, 1938
5. Mitchell to Mansbridge, February 7, 1938
6. Mansbridge to Godfrey, February 8, 1938
7. Mansbridge to Mitchell, February 8, 1938
8. Hickson to Mitchell, February 12, 1938
9. Mansbridge to Mitchell, February 17, 1938
10. Hickson to Mitchell, February 22, 1938
11. Hickson to Mitchell, March 21, 1938
12. Hickson to Mitchell, March 24, 1938
13. Mitchell to Hickson, March 24, 1938
14. Summary of Conferences with Hickson, Mitchell, and Bowman, March 31 and April1, 1938
15. Summary of Discussions with Mrs. Mitchell and Dr. Bowman, March 31 and April 1, 1938
16. Mansbridge to Mitchell, April 1, 1938
17. Mitchell to Mansbridge, April 4, 1938
18. Mansbridge to Mitchell, April 18, 1938
19. Mitchell to Godfrey, April 21, 1938
20. Hickson to Mitchell, May 7, 1938
21. Mitchell to Hickson, May 9, 1938
22. Walter Godfrey to Mitchell, May 9, 1938
23. Hickson to Mitchell, May 17, 1938
24. Bowman to Guinness, May 20, 1938
25. Bowman to Bolton, May 20, 1938
26. Mansbridge to Bowman, June 3, 1938
Item 6 Correspondence, 1939
1. Mansfield to Mitchell, June 20, 1939
2. Mitchell to Mansfield, August 4, 1939
3. Mitchell to Harnies, July 29, 1939
4. Harnies to Mitchell, August 3, 1939
5. Mansfield to Mitchell, August 3, 1939
Item 7 Correspondence, 1942
1. Bentley to Bowman, October 26, 1942
2. Memorandum by F.H. Bentley, February 10, 1942
Item 8 Correspondence, 1946
1. Bentley to Fitzgerald, February 25, 1946
2. Fitzgerald to Bentley, March 21, 1946
3. Bentley to Mitchell, April 18, 1946
Item 9 Correspondence, 1947
1. Bentley to Tyson, April 8, 1947

Subseries 5. General Correspondence, 1948-1963

Item 1 General Correspondence, 1948
1. Presentation of the Nationality Rooms book to the British Ambassador, January 28, 1948
2. Inverchapel to Fitzgerald, January 30, 1948
3. Mitchell to Bell, April 21, 1948
4. Bell to Mitchell, May 17, 1948
5. Mitchell to Bell, May 18, 1948
Item 2 General Correspondence, 1949
1. Mitchell to Walton, March 8, 1949
2. Clifton Brown to Fitzgerald, November 15, 1949
3. Fitzgerald to Clifton Brown, December 23, 1949
Item 3 General Correspondence, 1950
1. Mitchell to Charles, January 27, 1950
2. R.L. Swearer to Mitchell, March 3, 1950
3. Dotter to Twigger, March 8, 1950
4. Invoice
5. Invoice of Merchandise, January 26, 1950
6. Weber to Collector of Customs, March 8, 1950
7. R.L. Swearer to Dotter, March 9, 1950
8. Bossom to Fitzgerald, March 21, 1950
9. Invoice, March 31, 1950
10. Franks to Fitzgerald, April7, 1950
11. Willard to Mitchell, July 8, 1950
12. Willard to Mitchell, July 11, 1950
13. Mitchell to Willard, July 14, 1950
14. Willard to University, July 19, 1950
15. Willard to Mitchell, July 19, 1950
16. Twigger to Mitchell, July 26, 1950
17. Willard to Alfred Bossom, July 26, 1950
18. Willard to Mitchell, October 6, 1950
Item 4 General Correspondence, 1951
1. Hawes to Fitzgerald, April 20, 1951
2. Fitzgerald to Hawes, May 10, 1951
3. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, July 6, 1951
4. Brochure, "Anglo-American Civilization Interdepartmental Major"
5. A.K. Smith to Fitzgerald, July 4, 1951
6. Fitzgerald to Smith, June 28, 1951
7. Telegram from Clifton Brown to Fitzgerald, July 7, 1951
8. Clifton Brown to Fitzgerald, July 6, 1951
9. Fitzgerald to Clifton Brown, June 28, 1951
10. Fitzgerald to Bossom, July 7, 1951
11. Bossom to Fitzgerald, July 3, 1951
12. Fitzgerald to Bossom, June 28, 1951
13. Presentation of Nationality Rooms Book to Clifton Brown, July 17, 1951
14. Detailed Description of the English Room, July 1951
15. History of the Room, July 1951
16. Presentation of Nationality Rooms Book (copy), July 17, 1951
17. Heath to Fitzgerald, July 18, 1951
18. Mitchell to Fitzgerald, July 20, 1951
19. Browne to Fitzgerald, July 26, 1951
20. Bossom to Fitzgerald, July 27, 1951
Item 5 General Correspondence, 1952
1. Bishop Brown to McCarthy, November 5, 1952
Item 6 General Correspondence, 1958
1. Martin to Rankin, October 2, 1958
2. Martin to Rankin, November 20, 1958
3. Memo from Mitchell to Witman, November 21, 1958 (?)
4. Memo from Witman to Rankin, November 24, 1958
5. Bossom to Mitchell, December 12, 1958
6. Memo from Witman to Rankin, December 16, 1958
Item 7 General Correspondence, 1959
1. Memo from Witman regarding Churchill Portrait, February 9, 1959
2. Rankin to Martin, February 23, 1959
3. Mitchell to Witman, June 18, 1959
4. Mitchell to Witman, June 18, 1959
5. Leather to Mitchell, June 30, 1959
Item 8 General Correspondence, 1962
1. Mitchell to Eldridge, November 14, 1962
2. Eldridge to Finegold, November 26, 1962
3. Nationality Rooms Council to Bruce, November 10, 1962
Item 9 General Correspondence, 1963
1. Eldridge to Finegold, February 5, 1963
2. Elkus to Eldridge, March 18, 1963
3. Finegold to Eldridge, April 3, 1963
4. Mitchell to Bossom, August 7, 1963
5. Bossom to Mitchell, August 13, 1963

Subseries 6. Associated Papers (In front cover of volume)

Item 1 List of English Room Committees, November 8, 1952
Item 2 Martin to Dowd Chair Rental & Sales, December 23, 1953
Item 3 Press Release, April 4, 1974
Item 4 Notebook Sheet with Handwrtten Notes

Series II. Volume II: Bossom Correspondence, 1948-1963

Scope and Content Notes:

Alfred C. Bossom replaced Dr. Albert Mansbridge as chair of the London Committee of the English Room at the conclusion of the Second World War. Before serving as a Member of Parliament, he was an architect in Pittsburgh. Through Bossom's connections to the British government, he was able to secure many of the features of the English Room from the bombed House of Commons and several other artifacts and gifts. This volume of correspondence provides information about his contributions to the room and his pursuit and acquisition of architectual and artifactual items, such as the cast iron fire back depicting the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1948


Volume 2
Item 1 Bossom to Burbidge, January 3, 1948
Item 2 Mitchell to Bossom, February 6, 1948
Item 3 Mitchell to Bossom, February 16, 1948
Item 4 Bossom to Mitchell, February 9, 1948
Item 5 Bossom to Mitchell, March 6, 1948
Item 6 Mitchell to Bossom, March 16, 1948
Item 7 Agnes L. Starrett to Stanley Morrison, February 12, 1948
Item 8 Bossom to Mitchell, March 31, 1948
Item 9 Mitchell to Bossom, May 18, 1948
Item 10 Guy Chapman to Bossom
Item 11 Chapman and Mitchell to Bossom, December 13, 1948

Subseries 2. Correspondence, 1949

Item 1 Mitchell to Bossom, March 9, 1949
Item 2 Bossom to Mitchell, March 21, 1949
Item 3 Fitzgerald to Bossom, June 11, 1949
Item 4 Bossom to Mitchell, July 22, 1949
Item 5 Mitchell to Bossom, October 13, 1949
Item 6 Bossom to Mitchell, October 20, 1949
Item 7 Mitchell to Bossom, October 25, 1949
Item 8 Bossom to Mitchell, November 10, 1949
Item 9 Mitchell to Bossom, November 30, 1949

Subseries 3. Correspondence, 1950

Item 1 Bossom to Mitchell, January 10, 1950
Item 2 Mitchell to Bossom, January 20, 1950
Item 3 Bossom to Mitchell, January 25, 1950
Item 4 Mitchell to Bossom, April 18, 1950
Item 5 Bossom to Mitchell, April 18, 1950
Item 6 Mitchell to Bossom, April 19, 1950
Item 7 Mitchell to Bossom, April 26, 1950
Item 8 Bossom to Mitchell, May 5, 1950
Item 9 Bossom to Mitchell, May 18, 1950
Item 10 Bossom to Mitchell, May 25, 1950
Item 11 Bossom to Mitchell, May 31, 1950
Item 12 Mitchell to Bossom, May 26, 1950
Item 13 Mansbridge to Fitzgerald, June 13, 1950
Item 14 Mitchell to Bossom, June 29, 1950
Item 15 Bossom to Mitchell, August 3, 1950
Item 16 Mitchell to Bossom, August 15, 1950
Item 17 List of English Room Details in which assistance is needed from London, August 15, 1950
Item 18 Memorandum on Design, June 1949
Item 19 Bossom to Mitchell, August 18, 1950
Item 20 Bossom to Mitchell, October 2, 1950
Item 21 Mitchell to Bossom, October 9, 1950
Item 22 Bossom to Mitchell, October 14, 1950
Item 23 Bossom to Mitchell, October 17, 1950
Item 24 Bossom to Mitchell, October 25, 1950
Item 25 Bossom to Fitzgerald, November 1, 1950
Item 26 Bossom to Mitchell, November 16, 1950
Item 27 Mitchell to Bossom, November 17, 1950
Item 28 Mitchell to Bossom, November 1950
Item 29 Bossom to Mitchell, December 12, 1950
Item 30 Bossom to Mitchell, December 29, 1950

Subseries 4. Correspondence, 1951

Item 1 Dotter to Bossom, January 5, 1951
Item 2 Dotter to Bossom, January 7, 1951
Item 3 Bossom to Mitchell, February 15, 1951
Item 4 Bossom to Dotter, January 18, 1951
Item 5 Coote to Bossom
Item 6 Mitchell to Bossom, February 20, 1951
Item 7 Mitchell to Bossom, February 23, 1951
Item 8 Memorandum, February, 26, 1951
Item 9 Bossom to Mitchell, February 27, 1951
Item 10 Bossom to Mitchell, April 2, 1951
Item 11 Mitchell to Bossom, June 9, 1951
Item 12 Bossom to Mitchell, June 29, 1951
Item 13 Memo to Mitchell, June 30, 1951
Item 14 Memo to Mitchell, July 3, 1951
Item 15 Memo to Mitchell, July 27, 1951
Item 16 Telegram from Mitchell to Roger Russell, June 20, 1951
Item 17 Telegram from Mitchell to Roger Russell, June 21, 1951
Item 18 Telegram from Mitchell to Bishop Brown, June 25, 1951
Item 19 Telegram sent to Mitchell
Item 20 Telegram sent to Mitchell, June 22, 1951
Item 21 Roger Carter to Mitchell, June 21, 1951
Item 22 Roger Russell to Mitchell, June 22, 1951
Item 23 A.W. Schmidt to Julius C. Holmes, June 27, 1951
Item 24 Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, July 3, 1951
Item 25 Mitchell to Roger Russell, July 3, 1951
Item 26 Clifton Brown to Fitzgerald, July 3, 1951
Item 27 Bossom to Fitzgerald, July 3, 1951
Item 28 Roger Carter to Mitchell, July 5, 1951
Item 29 Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, July 6, 1951
Item 30 Suggested Radio Talk about the University of Pittsburgh - Drafts
Item 31 List of Potential Invitees for Luncheon
Item 32 List of Members of the United States Educational Commission in the United Kingdom (Fullbright)
Item 33 Telegram from Mitchell to Richard Taylor, July 7, 1951
Item 34 Telegram from Fitzgerald to Clifton Brown, July 7, 1951
Item 35 Telegram from Fitzgerald to Bossom, July 7, 1951
Item 36 Mitchell to Richard Taylor, July 7, 1951
Item 37 Richard Taylor to Mitchell, July 10, 1951
Item 38 Telegram from Mitchell to Reginald Fairlie, July 16, 1951
Item 39 Telegram from Mitchell to Peter Heath, July 16, 1951
Item 40 Telegram from Mitchell to Margaret Godley, July 9, 1951
Item 41 Mitchell to Fitzgerald, July 16, 1951
Item 42 Mitchell to Fitzgerald, July 20, 1951
Item 43 Mitchell to Dorothy Leet, July 20, 1951
Item 44 Fitzgerald to Stanton Crawford, September 20, 1951
Item 45 Stanton Crawford to Fitzgerald, Spetember 19, 1951
Item 46 Mitchell to Bossom, November 30, 1951
Item 47 Bossom to Mitchell, March 5, 1951
Item 48 Note regarding Bossom, Fitzgerald and Klimcheck, November 27, 1951
Item 49 Bossom to Mitchell, November 30, 1951
Item 50 Bossom to Mitchell, December 12, 1951

Subseries 5. Correspondence, 1952

Item 1 Bossom to Fitzgerald, February 18, 1952
Item 2 Copy of Personal note from Mitchell to Bossom, February 21, 1952
Item 3 Mitchell to Bossom, February 21, 1952
Item 4 Mitchell to Bossom, March 4, 1952
Item 5 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, February 28, 1952
Item 6 Telegram from Mitchell to Bossom, February 29, 1952
Item 7 Bossom to Mitchell, March 18, 1952
Item 8 Bossom to Mitchell, March 17, 1952
Item 9 Bossom to Mitchell, April 24, 1952
Item 10 Bossom to Mitchell, April 28, 1952
Item 11 Mitchell to Bossom, April 29, 1952
Item 12 Fitzgerald to Samuel Scharpiro & Company, Inc., April30, 1952
Item 13 Mitchell to Bossom, May 5, 1952
Item 14 Bossom to Mitchell, May 9, 1952
Item 15 Bossom to Mitchell, May 9, 1952
Item 16 Bossom to Mitchell, May 19, 1952
Item 17 Bossom to James Roberston, May 1952
Item 18 Mitchell to Bossom, May 21, 1952
Item 19 Bossom to Mitchell, June 19, 1952
Item 20 Bossom to Mitchell, July 7, 1952
Item 21 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, July 7, 1952
Item 22 Mitchell to Bossom, July 14, 1952
Item 23 Bossom to Mitchell, July 14, 1952
Item 24 Bossom to Mitchell, July 14, 1952
Item 25 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, July 18, 1952
Item 26 Mitchell to Bossom, July 23, 1952
Item 27 Fitzgerald to Bossom, July 28, 1952
Item 28 Bossom to Mitchell, July 28, 1952
Item 29 Bossom to Fitzgerald, August 9, 1952
Item 30 Bossom to Mitchell, August 9, 1952
Item 31 Mary Louise Woods to Bossom, August 12, 1952
Item 32 Telegram from Bossom to Fitzgerald, August 18, 1952
Item 33 M. Edgcumbe to Mitchell, August 22, 1952
Item 34 Bossom to Mitchell, August 25, 1952
Item 35 Bossom to Fitzgerald, September 5, 1952
Item 36 Bossom to Mitchell, September 12, 1952
Item 37 Mitchell to Bossom, September 15, 1952
Item 38 Tentative Draft of Program for the Dedication of the English Room
Item 39 Bossom to Mitchell, September 12, 1952
Item 40 Mitchell to Bossom, September 16, 1952
Item 41 Bishop Brown to Bossom, September 16, 1952
Item 42 Fitzgerald to Bossom, September 17, 1952
Item 43 M. Edgcumbe to Mrs. Crawford Mitchell, Septmber 22, 1952
Item 44 Bossom to Mitchell, September 30, 1952
Item 45 Bossom to Fitzgerald, September 30, 1952
Item 46 Mitchell to Bossom, October 8, 1952
Item 47 Telegram from Mitchell to Castell's, October 7, 1952
Item 48 Hymns for Dedication Ceremony
Item 49 Bossom to Fitzgerald, October 16, 1952
Item 50 Telegram from Fitzgerald to Bossom, October 21, 1952
Item 51 Telegram from Fitzgerald to Bossom, October 21, 1952
Item 52 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, October 21, 1952
Item 53 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, October 18, 1952
Item 54 Telephone Message from Howard Smith, October 22, 1952
Item 55 Bossom to Mitchell, October 23, 1952
Item 56 Mitchell to Bossom, October 27, 1952
Item 57 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, October 31, 1952
Item 58 Mitchell to Bossom, October 31, 1952
Item 59 Telegram from Mitchell to Bossom, November 6, 1952
Item 60 Mitchell to Bossom, November 7, 1952
Item 61 Stanton Crawford to Dr. John W. Oliver, Dr. Elmer Graper, and Professor Walter Hovey, November 7, 1952
Item 62 Telegram from Fitzgerald to Bossom, October 17, 1952
Item 63 Telegram from Bossom to Fitzgerald
Item 64 Telegram from Fitzgerald to Bossom, November 25, 1952
Item 65 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, November 26, 1952
Item 66 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, November 17, 1952
Item 67 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell
Item 68 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, November 12, 1952
Item 69 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell
Item 70 Dotter to Bossom, November 26, 1952
Item 71 Bossom to Mitchell, November 26, 1952
Item 72 First Draft of a Suggestion for the Wording of the Bronze Tablet Commemorating the Gift of Materials from the House of Commons
Item 73 Draft of the Commemorative Bronze Tablet for the English Room
Item 74 Bossom to Mitchell, December 4, 1952
Item 75 Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, December 16, 1952
Item 76 Jane Key to Mitchell, December 17, 1952
Item 77 Bossom to Mitchell, December 17, 1952
Item 78 Telegram from Bossom
Item 79 Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, December 2, 1952
Item 80 Bossom to Mitchell, December 2, 1952
Item 81 Mitchell to Bossom, December 12, 1952
Item 82 Mitchell to Bossom, December 23, 1952
Item 83 Bossom to Mitchell, December 29, 1952
Item 84 Bossom to Mitchell, December 29, 1952

Subseries 6. Correspondence, 1953

Item 1 Cowell to Edgcumbe, January 5, 1953
Item 2 Edgcumbe to Mitchell, January 2, 1953
Item 3 Edgcumbe to Mitchell, January 2, 1953
Item 4 Cowell to Edgcumbe, January 9, 1953
Item 5 Goodale to Bossom, January 13, 1953
Item 6 Edgcumbe to Mitchell, January 19, 1953
Item 7 Warner & Sons Limited Receipt, January 13, 1953
Item 8 Goodale to Bossom, January 12, 1953
Item 9 Bossom to Goodale, January 8, 1953
Item 10 Edgcumbe to Cowell, January 15, 1953
Item 11 Bossom to Mitchell, January 19, 1953
Item 12 Mitchell to Bossom, January 19, 1953
Item 13 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, January 19, 1953
Item 14 Bossom to Mitchell, January 23, 1953
Item 15 Bossom to Mitchell, February 2, 1953
Item 16 Bossom to Mitchell, February 26, 1953
Item 17 Mitchell to Bossom, March 17, 1953
Item 18 Fitzgerald to Bossom, April 2, 1953
Item 19 Bossom to Mitchell, April 15, 1953
Item 20 Bossom to Mitchell, April 29, 1953
Item 21 Mitchell to Bossom, May 7, 1953
Item 22 Mitchell to Bossom, May 15, 1953
Item 23 Bossom to Mitchell, May 26, 1953
Item 24 P.H. Gore-Boothe to Jane Key, July 6, 1953
Item 25 Copy of Letter of Patent for Aldred Bossom awarded by Elizabeth II
Item 26 Bossom to Mitchell, July 13, 1953
Item 27 Edgcumbe to Mitchell, August 28, 1953
Item 28 Bossom to Mitchell, September 30, 1953
Item 29 Mitchell to Bossom, September 30, 1953
Item 30 Bossom to Mitchell, October 6, 1953
Item 31 Bossom to Fitzgerald, November 3, 1953
Item 32 Mitchell to Bossom, December 16, 1953
Item 33 Bossom to Mitchell, November 21, 1953
Item 34 Wincester Cathedral Broderers pamphlet by L.F. Pesel
Item 35 Photograph of embroidered cushion
Item 36 Bossom to Mitchell, December 7, 1953
Item 37 Telegram from Mitchell to Bossom
Item 38 Fitzgerald to Bossom, December 22, 1953

Subseries 7. Correspondence, 1954

Item 1 Bossom to Mitchell, January 7, 1954
Item 2 Bossom to Mitchell, January 1954
Item 3 Bossom to Mitchell, January 13, 1954
Item 4 Who's Who 1953: Alfred Bossom entry, January 20, 1954
Item 5 Mitchell to Bossom, January 19, 1954
Item 6 Bossom to Mitchell, January 25, 1954
Item 7 Fitzgerald to Bossom, February 2, 1954
Item 8 Bossom to Mitchell, March 26, 1954
Item 9 Mitchell to Bossom, April 23, 1954
Item 10 Bossom to Mitchell, May 4, 1954
Item 11 Mitchell to Bossom, May 19, 1954
Item 12 Bossom to Mitchell, May 25, 1954
Item 13 Mitchell to Bossom, July 6, 1954
Item 14 Fitzgerald to Bossom, July 8, 1954
Item 15 Viers Adams to Gerald Firth, July 9, 1954
Item 16 Adams to William Milne Guthrie, July 9, 1954
Item 17 Bossom to Mitchell, July 14, 1954
Item 18 Bossoms to Mitchell, July 27, 1954
Item 19 Mitchell to Bossom, August 2, 1954
Item 20 Bossom to Mitchell, August 6, 1954
Item 21 Mary Newell to Mitchell, August 8, 1954
Item 22 Bossom to Mitchell, August 12, 1954
Item 23 Mitchell to Bossom, August 16, 1954
Item 24 Mitchell to Bossom, August 17, 1954
Item 25 Edgcumbe to Mitchell, August 19, 1954
Item 26 Edgcumbe to Mitchell, August 20, 1954
Item 27 Edgcumbe to Mitchell, August 23, 1954
Item 28 Bossom to Mitchell, October 18, 1954
Item 29 Telegram from Fitzgerald to Bossom, October 19, 1954
Item 30 Bossom to Mitchell, October 23, 1954
Item 31 Mitchell to Bossom, November 10, 1954
Item 32 Telegram from Mitchell to Bossom
Item 33 Bossom to Mitchell, December 13, 1954

Subseries 8. Correspondence, 1955

Item 1 Mitchell to Bossom, February 2, 1955
Item 2 Bossom to Mitchell, February 28, 1955
Item 3 Bossom to Mitchell, March 3, 1955
Item 4 Whistler to Bossom, March 27, 1955
Item 5 Mitchell to Bossom, March 8, 1955
Item 6 Bossom to Mitchell, March 9, 1955
Item 7 Master of Sinclair to Bossom, March 3, 1955
Item 8 Mitchell to Bossom, March 22, 1955
Item 9 Bossom to Mitchell, March 31, 1955
Item 10 Fitzgerald to Bossom, April 6, 1955
Item 11 Mitchell to Bossom, April 13, 1955
Item 12 Bossom to Mitchell, April 20, 1955
Item 13 Bossom to Mitchell, May 25, 1955
Item 14 Bossom to Mitchell, June 2, 1955
Item 15 Smolkovich to Bossom, June 29, 1955
Item 16 Dotter to Bossom, July 27, 1955
Item 17 Bossom to Dotter, August 8, 1955
Item 18 Dotter to Bossom, August 10, 1955
Item 19 Bossom to Dotter, August 22, 1955
Item 20 Bossom to Dotter, September 6, 1955
Item 21 Bossom to Mitchell, September 8, 1955
Item 22 Bossom to Elliot, September 23, 1955
Item 23 Mitchell to Bossom, October 27, 1955
Item 24 Bossom to Mitchell, October 19, 1955
Item 25 Bossom to Mitchell, November 24, 1955
Item 26 Bossom to Mitchell, November 5, 1955
Item 27 Mitchell to Bossom, December 1, 1955
Item 28 Bossom to Mitchell, December 13, 1955
Item 29 Instructions for Care of English Room Woodwork from Bossom, December 13, 1955
Item 30 Bossom to Mitchell (Copy), December 23, 1955

Subseries 9. Correspondence, 1956

Item 1 Elliot to Richard Hadden, January 14, 1956
Item 2 Mitchell to Bossom, January 16, 1956
Item 3 Bossom to Mitchell, January 20, 1956
Item 4 Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell
Item 5 Bossom to Mitchell, February 21, 1956
Item 6 Bossom to Mitchell, April 3, 1956
Item 7 Bossom to Mitchell, April, 1956
Item 8 Clive Bossom to Mitchell, April 20, 1956
Item 9 Schedule of Clive and Barbara Bossom's visit, May 8-10, 1956
Item 10 Bossom to Mitchell, June 4, 1956
Item 11 Bossom to Mitchell, May 17, 1956
Item 12 Mitchell to Bossom, May 22, 1956
Item 13 Bossom to Mitchell June 4, 1956
Item 14 Clive Bossom to Mitchell, June 15, 1956
Item 15 Mitchell to Barbara Bossom, June 19, 1956
Item 16 Bossom to Mitchell, June 19, 1956
Item 17 Mitchell to Bossom, June 21, 1956
Item 18 Mitchell to Bossom, June 29, 1956
Item 19 Bossom to Mitchell, June 30, 1956
Item 20 Bossom to Mitchell, July 5, 1956
Item 21 Bossom to Mitchell, July 5, 1956
Item 22 Mitchell to Bossom, July 30, 1956
Item 23 Bossom to Mitchell, September 26, 1956
Item 24 Extracts from a Report from Charles Elliott after a Conference with Sir Alfred Bossom, September 24, 1956
Item 25 Mitchell to Richard Hadden, October 13, 1956
Item 26 Cook to Mitchell, October 12, 1956
Item 27 Firth to Bossom, December 21, 1956

Subseries 10. Correspondence, 1957

Item 1 Mitchell to Bossom, January 11, 1957
Item 2 Bossom to Mitchell, February 4, 1957
Item 3 Oyen to Bossom, February 25, 1957
Item 4 Mitchell to Bossom, March 15, 1957
Item 5 Bossom to Oyen, March 18, 1957
Item 6 Bossom to Mitchell, July 15, 1957
Item 7 Elliott to Bossom, September 16, 1957
Item 8 Bossom to Elliott, October 17, 1957

Subseries 11. Correspondence, 1958

Item 1 Elliott to Bossom, May 22, 1958
Item 2 Mitchell to Bossom, July 22, 1958
Item 3 Bossom to Mitchell, September 17, 1958
Item 4 Mitchell to Bossom, October 3, 1958
Item 5 Bossom to Mitchell, November 5, 1958
Item 6 Mitchell to Bossom, November 12, 1958
Item 7 Bossom's Secretary to Mitchell, November 14, 1958
Item 8 Bossom to Mitchell, December 12, 1958

Subseries 12. Correspondence, 1959

Item 1 Bossom to Mitchell, February 4, 1959
Item 2 Mitchell to Bossom, February 23, 1959
Item 3 Bossom to Mitchell, February 28, 1959
Item 4 Bossom to Mitchell May 20, 1959
Item 5 Mitchell to Bossom, May 18, 1959
Item 6 Bossom to Mitchell, June 19, 1959

Subseries 13. Correspondence, 1960

Item 1 Bill Eldridge to Mitchell, March 23, 1960
Item 2 Bossom to Mitchell, April 16, 1960

Subseries 14. Correspondence, 1961

Item 1 Mitchell to Bossom, June 20, 1961
Item 2 Bossom to Mitchell, July 11, 1961

Subseries 15. Christmas Cards from Bossom

Item 1 Card, 1949
File 2 Card, 1952
Item 3 Card, 1953
Item 4 Card, 1954
Item 5 Card, 1955
Item 6 Card from Clive and Barbara Bossom, 1956
Item 7 Card, 1957
Item 8 Card, 1958
Item 9 Card, 1959
Item 10 Card, 1960
Item 11 Card, 1961
Item 12 Card, 1962

Series III. Volume III: Dedication 1952, Gifts 1948-1963, Clippings 1930-1961

Scope and Content Notes:

This volume contains correspondence and programs concerning the 1952 dedication of the English Nationality Room. Also included is information about a variety of gifts to the room, including furniture, art work, and architectural elements, such as wood and stone from the House of Commons. Clippings from newspapers and other publications concerning the room are also present.

Subseries 1. Dedication, 1952


Volume 3
Item 1 Invitations to Press Preview and Room Dedication
Item 2 Program
Item 3 Speech by Mrs. Ruth Crawford Mitchell
Item 4 Speech by Alfred Bossom
1. Typed Copy of Speech by Alfred Bossom
2. Original Copy of Bossom's Speech
Item 5 Speech by Sir Christopher Steel
Item 6 Texts of Presentation for Symbolic Gifts
1. King James Bible
2. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
3. Magna Carta
Item 7 Arrangements
1. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, September 26, 1952
2. Memo from Adams to Fitzgerald, September 24, 1952
3. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, October 3, 1952
4. Sixth draft of program for dedication, October 17, 1952
5. Tentative Schedule, November 11, 1952
6. Publicity Report, November 11, 1952
7. Program draft, November 13, 1952
8. Schedule of Work, November 21-22, 1952
9. Music Booklet,
10. Castel & Son Ltd. to Dotter, December 2, 1952
Item 8 Press Releases
1. Memo to Mitchell, October 31, 1952
2. Biography of Alfred Bossom
3. Biography of Christopher Steel
4. Guests for the English Room dedication
5. General Information on the Nationality Rooms
Item 9 Letters of Regret
1. Livingstone to Fitzgerald, November 12, 1952
2. Coville to Fitzgerald, October 12, 1952
3. Mitchell to Cooley, October 3, 1952
4. Morrison to Fitzgerald, November 11, 1952
5. D'Egville to Fitzgerald, November 13, 1952
Item 10 Copy of Pitt Quarterly, Winter 1952-1953

Subseries 2. Gifts

Item 1 List of Gifts to the English Room, 1956
Item 2 Portrait of a Lady booklet
Item 3 Letter from Elizabeth Robins to Sam and Elsa, 1948
Item 4 Memorandum from Bowman, February 17, 1948
Item 5 Mitchell to Eliot, February 27, 1948
Item 6 Mitchell to Elizabeth Robins, 1948
Item 7 Transcript of Letter from William Wilberforce to Samuel Wilberforce, 1822
Item 8 Mitchell to Robins, September 21, 1950
Item 9 Bust of Willaim Pitt
1. Description, 1948
2. Mitchell to Doty, February 5, 1948
3. Memo from Doty to Mitchell, February 6, 1948
4. Mitchell to Godfrey, February 9, 1948
5. Godfrey to Mitchell, April 16, 1948
Item 10 Wood and Stone from Blitzed House of Commons, 1949
1. Clifton Brown to Fitzgerald, November 15, 1949
Item 11 Nest of Tables
1. Text of Speeches on the Occasion of the Presentation, October 25, 1950
2. Mansbridge to Fitzgerald, April 21, 1950
3. Fitzgerald to Queen Mary, May 3, 1950
4. Wickham to Fitzgerald, May 12, 1950
5. Carter to Fitzgerald, June 2, 1950
6. Fitzgerald to Wickham, June 12, 1950
7. Fitzgerald to Carter, June 16, 1950
8. Transcript of Telephone Call between Carter and Fitzgerald, June 16, 1950
9. Fitzgerald to Carter, August 7, 1950
10. Carter to Fitzgerald, 1950
11. Carter to Mitchell, August 29, 1950
12. Mitchell to P.H. Gore-Booth, September 25, 1950
13. Carter to Mitchell, October 3, 1950
14. Mitchell to Carter, October 5, 1950
15. Draft of Statement for Presentation of Tables
16. Fitzgerald to Crawford, October 20, 1950
17. Guest List Suggestions
18. Suggested Program
19. Carter to Mitchell, October 26, 1950
20. Mitchell to Carter, November 1, 1950
21. J. Thurston to Mitchell, November 15, 1950
22. Fitzgerald to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, November 20, 1950
23. Carter to Fitzgerald, December 6, 1950
24. Fitzgerald to Carter, December 19, 1950
Item 12 Three Pictures of the House of Commons
1. Fitzgerld to Coote, May 11, 1951
2. Coote to Fitzgerald, May 23, 1951
Item 13 Royal Coat of Arms of England
1. Crawley to Fitzgerald, October 1952
Item 14 Gifts from Alfred Bossom
1. Bossom to Fitzgerald, February 22, 1952
2. Telegram from Bossom to Mitchell, February 28, 1952
3. Telegram from Mitchell to Bossom, February 29, 1952
4. Fitzgerald to Bossom, March 21, 1952
5. York to Fitzgerald, April 7, 1952
6. Key to York, April 23, 1952
7. York to Key, April 23, 1952
8. Fitzgerald to York, April 30, 1952
9. Memo from Key to Mitchell, May 13, 1952
10. Fitzgerald to Bossom, May 21, 1952
11. Boyd-Carpenter to Bossom, May 21, 1952
12. Bossom to Fitzgerald, November 12, 1952
13. List of Articles
14. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, December 16, 1952
15. Bossom to Mitchell, November 28, 1953
16. Bossom to Mitchell, February 19, 1954
Item 15 Portrait of Andrew Mellon
1. Fitzgerald to Alisa Mellon Bruce, October 7, 1952
Item 16 Portrait of the Earl of Chatham (William Pitt)
1. Article on William Pitt
2. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, March 24, 1952
3. Fitzgerald to O'Connor, May 29, 1952
4. Copy of the Portrait in Pitt Magazine, Summer 1949
5. O'Connor to Fitzgerald, June 11, 1952
6. Fitzgerald to O'Connor, June 12, 1952
7. Fitzgerald to O'Connor, October 1, 1952
Item 17 Furniture, 1952
1. Mitchell to Firth, January 7, 1952
2. Dotter to Firth, January 25, 1952
3. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, February 14, 1952
4. Mitchell to Firth, March 5, 1952
5. Firth to Fitzgerald, October 29, 1952
6. Fitzgerald to Mitchell, October 30, 1952
7. Fitzgerald to Firth, November 10, 1952
8. Photo of 1610 bulbous-leg side table
9. Photo of 1605 Credence table
10. Photo of 1570 Elizabethan chair
11. Photo of sideboard
12. Photo of cabinet
13. Photo of table
14. Garloch to Horton, December 16, 1952
Item 18 Furniture, 1954
1. Firth to Frick, July 19, 1954
2. Mitchell to Cooley, July 21, 1954
3. Rupp to Cooley, September 15, 1954
Item 19 Two Oriental Rugs,
1. Mitchell to Hunt, March 3, 1955
2. Mitchell to Fitzgerald, March 31, 1955
3. Fitzgerald to Hunt, April 5, 1955
Item 20 Calendar of Ripon, England (Documents) 1961
1. List of Ripon Documents
Item 21 "Loving Cup," to commemorate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, June 2, 1953
1. Certificate of authenticity of the Loving Cup
Item 22 Grimsby Coat of Arms, 1963
1. Letterhead of the Mayor of Grimsby, March 6, 1963
2. Pamphlet on the text of the Magna Carta, 1950

Subseries 3. Clippings, 1930-1961

Item 1 Family tree of English Royal Family, 1953
Item 2 Pittsburgh Record article, "English Gifts For English Room," October 1930
Item 3 Shenandoah Herald article, "Pittsburgh Receives London War Relics," December 31, 1948
Item 4 Pitt News article, "Hello, America! Merry old Brick Comes Across," Summer 1936
Item 5 Lake North, Florida article, "Gets Relics of Bombed Commons," December 31, 1948
Item 6 Scranton Post article, "Pittsburgh Gets Relics of Bombed Commons," January 9, 1949
Item 7 Pitt Quarterly article, "Nationality Rooms Christmas Party," Winter 1948-1949
Item 8 Pitt Quarterly article, "The English Room," Winter 1948-1949
Item 9 Pitt Quarterly article, "English," Spring 1950
Item 10 Pitt Quarterly article, "House of Commons," Winter 1949-1950
Item 11 Pitt Quarterly article, "The English Room," Spring 1951
Item 12 Pitt News article, "English Room Soon to Appear in Cathedral," December 1949
Item 13 Pttsburgh Sun-Telegraph article, "London Told of Pitt Room," July 18, 1951
Item 14 Daily Telegraph article, "English Room in Pittsburgh," November 1952
Item 15 Daily Telegraph article, "Thanks from Pittsburgh," July 1951
Item 16 Photo from Pittsburgh Press article, "The English Room, nearing completion, will be a bit of old England at Pitt," November 1951
Item 17 Photos from Pittsburgh Press article, "Stone and tile fireplace being installed" and "Bosses dating back to days of the Tudors," November 1951
Item 18 Pittsburgh Press article, "Pitt's Blitz-Born English Room," November 1951
Item 19 Greeting card with picture of the Churchill Arch
Item 20 Pttsburgh Sun-Telegraph article, "Nationality Room at Pitt Duplicate of Parliament," November 16, 1952
Item 21 Pitt News article, "Queen Mother Writes Pitt on English Room," November 21, 1951
Item 22 Pittsburgh Press article, "A Touch of Old England," November 16, 1952
Item 23 Christian Science Monitor article, "Dramatizing a Period: University of Pittsburgh Dedicates Its Eighteenth 'Nationality' Classroom," November 22, 1952
Item 24 Pitt News article, "Ceremony Tonight New English Room Dedication," November 21, 1952
Item 25 Pittsburgh Press article, "Ascent of Elizabeth II Quickens Hope of Britons," February 17, 1952
Item 26 Pttsburgh Sun-Telegraph article, "British Donor of Pitt Gifts A Real 'Jigsaw Puzzler'," November 21, 1952
Item 27 Pttsburgh Post-Gazette article, "Pitt Will Dedicate English Room Friday," November 17, 1952
Item 28 Pitt News article, "All Nationality Classrooms, a Twenty-five Year Project, Soon Expected to be Finished," July 30, 1952
Item 29 Pittsburgh Press article, "English Room at Pitt Dedicated with Pageantry," November 16, 1952
Item 30 Pttsburgh Sun-Telegraph article, "Englishmen's Wives Say City Impressive," November 22, 1952
Item 31 Pttsburgh Sun-Telegraph article, "There'll Always be a Bit of England Here at Pitt," November 20, 1952
Item 32 Pttsburgh Post-Gazette article and photos, "British Envoy to Attend Pitt Ceremony," November 20, 1952
Item 33 Pitt News article, "Member of Parliament Speaks at English Room Dedication," November 19, 1952
Item 34 Pttsburgh Post-Gazette article, "British M.P. to Open Pitt's English Room," November 11, 1952
Item 35 Evening Star article, "Englishman is Speaker at College," November 22, 1952
Item 36 Beaver Valley Times article, "Beaver Firm Helps Complete 'English Room'," November 17, 1952
Item 37 The Connoisseur article, "University of Pittsburgh," March 1953,
Item 38 Children's Newspaper article, "Classrooms of the Nations," March 31, 1953
Item 39 Border Telegraph article, "Fostering Goodwill," March 31, 1953
Item 40 Weekly Scotsman article, "Palace - Only One Royal Standard," July 7, 1953
Item 41 Pitt News article, "Oxford Professor Stops at Pitt to Promote Study in England," November 13, 1953
Item 42 Invitations to celebrate the 366th Anniversary of the Defeat of the Spanish Armada, July 1954
Item 43 Pttsburgh Post-Gazette article, "They Like Nip in Pittsburgh's Air," May 17, 1955
Item 44 Pitt News article, "A Royal Setting," October 5, 1955
Item 45 Pitt News article, "Blood, Sweat, and Tears," March 4, 1957
Item 46 New York Times Magazine article, "Behind Britain's Foreign Policy," June 17, 1956
Item 47 Pittsburgh Press article, "17th Century English 'Curled'," May 8, 1961
Item 48 Postcard of Herald's College, Earl Marchal's Throne
Item 49 Postcard of Herald's College, Earl Marshal's Court
Item 50 Postcard of Herald's College, Chimneypiece in the Public Office, by William Emmot, 1675
Item 51 Postcard of Herald's College, South Front
Item 52 Postcard of Heraldic Shields
Item 53 Postcard of the Herald of Charles I
Item 54 Postcard of Herald Proclaiming the Peace of Versailles (1783), Recognizing American Independance
Item 55 Booklet on the proposed Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Series IV. Volume IV: Architectural Design 1929-1956, Window Rondelles 1952-1958, Furniture 1954-1959

Scope and Content Notes:

This volume contains correspondence and specifications for the various proposed architectural designs for the English Nationality Room, including an Elizabethan Oak Room, Queen Anne design, Tudor design, and the house of Commons design which came to fruition. Other correspondence is concerned with features that were added to the room after it was dedicated, including furniture and the window rondelles, which feature the coats of arms for several English universities.

Subseries 1. Overview of Design Proposals, 1956

Subseries 2. John Rothenstein, 1929


Volume 4
Item 1 Letter from Rothenstein to Ruth Crawford Mitchell, April 11, 1929
Item 2 Specificaton for Jacobean Room and Queen Anne Room, April 25, 1929

Subseries 3. Charles Roberson of London, 1931-1934

Item 1 Letter from Charles Roberson to Mitchell, June 11, 1931
Item 2 List of woodwork and carving by Roberson
Item 3 Letter from Nigel Stuart to Mitchell, March 5, 1934
Item 4 Description of Elizabethan Oak Room from Exeter College
Item 5 Photo of Elizabethan Oak Room from Exeter College
Item 6 Preliminary Memorandum, November 1934

Subseries 4. A.E. Richardson, 1936

Item 1 Comments on Preliminary Designs Submitted for the English Memorial Classroom in the Cathedral of Learning by A.E. Richardson, July 1936
Item 2 Floor Plan of the Christopher Wren design
Item 3 Wall Sections of the Christopher Wren design
Item 4-5 Sketched View of the Christopher Wren design

Subseries 5. Walter Godfrey, 1936-1946

Item 1 Correspondence, 1936
1. Description of the Proposed English Room by Walter H. Godfrey, 1936
2. Description of Walter Godfrey's Career, 1956
3. Extract of a letter Dr. Bowman from W.G. Constable, July 23, 1936
4. Mitchell to Dr. Mansbridge, August 18, 1936
5. Revisions of Preliminary Elevations for the English Room, September 1, 1936
Item 2 Correspondence, 1937
1. Summary of Mitchell's conferences in London, March 9, 1937
2. Mary Gillick to Mitchell, January 22, 1937
3. Mitchell to Godfrey, August 4, 1937
4. Godfrey to Mitchell, August 24, 1937
5. Mitchell's Secretary to Godfrey, September 3, 1937
6. Description of the English Room Architecture by Walter Godfrey, November 1937
7. Elevations of Godfrey's plan for the English Room, 1937
Item 3 Correspondence, 1938-1946
1. Summary of Discussions with Mrs. Mitchell and Dr. Bowman, March 31 and April 1, 1938
2. Extract of Letter from Mr. Godfrey, February 4, 1938
3. Department Request from Mitchell to Klimcheck, April 5, 1938
4. List of queries in connection with proposed English Room, Pittsburgh University, March 1938
Item 4 Correspondence, 1939
1. Godfrey to Mitchell, April 4, 1939
2. List of Drawings for English Room, April 28, 1939
3. Mitchell to Godfrey, April 28, 1939
4. Godfrey to Mitchell, August 9, 1939
Item 5 Correspondence, 1946
1. Godfrey to Mitchell, August 5, 1946
2. Godfrey to Mitchell, August 13, 1946
3. Architect's Fee and Terms of Payment
Item 6 Printed Material
1. Third Annual Report of the National Buildings Record, April 12, 1944
2. Fourth Annual Report of the National Buildings Record, April 12, 1945
3. The Abbot's Parlour, Thame Park, 91929

Subseries 6. Final Design for the English Room

Item 1 Memorandum on Design, June 1949
Item 2 Revised Memorandum on Design, November 2, 1950
Item 3 Description of the Proposed Design for the English Room, A.A. Klimcheck, December 1950
Item 4 Memorandum on Conferences with Alfred Bossom, September 22, 1953
Item 5 Theodore Bowman to Mitchell, October 2, 1953
Item 6 English Room Financial Statement No. 1, December 12, 1952

Subseries 7. Correspondence relative to Improvemnet of the English Room, 1956-1958

Item 1 Correspondence, 1956
1. Memo from Elliott to Mitchell, April 6, 1956
2. Memo from Mitchell to Nutting, May 2, 1956
3. Memo from Mitchell to Nutting, May 4, 1956
4. Nutting to Fisher, May 15, 1956
5. Mitchell to Fisher, June 30, 1956
6. Fisher to Robert Samuel, July 3, 1956
7. English Room Committee Conference with Robert Samuel, August 3, 1956
8. Estimates for English Room Improvement, August 27, 1956
9. Mitchell to Fisher, November 28, 1956
10. Fisher to Ray Cross, December 7, 1956
11. Fisher to Robert Samuel, December 7, 1956
12. Bruce Allen to Fisher, January 10, 1957
Item 2 Correspondence, 1957
1. Robert Samuels to Fisher, January 16, 1957
2. Fisher to Mitchell, February 19, 1957
3. Bossom to Mitchell, March 27, 1957
4. Photo of Cabinet with dimensions
5. Memo from Mitchell to Elliott, July 23, 1957
6. Memo from Mitchell to Elliott, July 23, 1957
7. A.C. van Dusen to Elliott, October 30, 1957
8. Mitchell to A.C. van Dusen, November 12, 1957
9. Charles Elliott to Adolph Schmidt (draft)
10. Handwritten notes
11. Richard Hadden to Elliott, November 25, 1957
12. Fleming to Elliott, December 1, 1957
13. J.D. Forbes to Walter A. Taylor, December 10, 1957
14. Turpin C. Bannister to Elliott, December 19, 1957
Item 3 Correspondence, 1958
1. Memo from Elliott to R. Hadden and Mitchell, January 6, 1958
2. Fisher to Samuels, February 18, 1958
3. Samuels to Fisher, March 6, 1958

Subseries 8. Window Rondelles, 1952-1958

Item 1 Correspondence, 1952
1. English Room Committee recommndations, November 12, 1952
2. List of English Cities
3. List of Important Men with Coats of Arms
4. English Room Committee Addresses, November 8, 1952
5. Members of the General Committee
6. Brief History of Some English Colleges
7. Firth to Ruth Crawford Mitchell, November 26, 1952
Item 2 Correspondence, 1953
1. Weaver to Klimcheck, February 18, 1953
2. Klimcheck to Mitchell, February 20, 1953
3. William Pitt Coat of Arms
Item 3 Correspondence, 1954

This section does not contain any pieces of correspondence. Instead, it cross references several letters between Ruth Crawford Mitchell and Alfred Bossom.

Item 4 Correspondence, 1955
1. Bossom to Mitchell, March 17, 1955
2. Firth to Rupp, April11, 1955
3. Dotter to Bossom, July 27, 1955
4. Master of Sinclair to Mitchell, August 4, 1955
5. Dotter to Master of Sinclair, September 4, 1955
6. Fyfe to Mitchell, September 21, 1955
7. Weaver to Klimcheck, October 14, 1955
8. Heaton-Armstrong to Mitchell, November 16, 1955
9. Fisher to Mitchell, November 9, 1955
10. Mitchell to Heaton-Armstrong, November 8, 1955
11. Mitchell to Fyfe, October 19, 1955
12. Mitchell to Firth, December 1, 1955
Item 5 Correspondence, 1956
1. Master of Sinclair to Mitchell, January 4, 1956
2. Mitchell to Master of Sinclair, November 8, 1956
3. Moore to Mitchell, December 20, 1956
Item 6 Correspondence, 1957
1. Elliott to Moore, January 16, 1957
2. Mitchell to Master of Sinclair, January 31, 1957
3. Master of Sinclair to Mitchell, February 5, 1957
4. Master of Sinclair to Mitchell, February 16, 1957
5. Mitchell to Klimcheck, April 3, 1957
6. Mitchell to White, July 16, 1957
7. Memo from Mitchell to Elliott, July 17, 1957
8. Memo from Mitchell to Elliott, October 31, 1957
9. Pittsburgh Stained Glass to the University of Pittsburgh, November 4, 1957
10. Hunt to Theodore Bowman, November 20, 1957
11. Memo from Mitchell to Elliott, December 11, 1957
Item 7 Correspondence, 1958
1. The Lord Sinclair to Elliott, January 22, 1958
2. Elliott to Master of Sinclair, January 15, 1958
3. Memo from Mitchell to Elliott, January 9, 1958
4. Memo from Elliott to Fisher, April 2, 1958
5. Hadden to Rupp, April 10, 1958
6. Memo from Elliott to Theodore Bowman, April 18, 1958
7. The Lord Sinclair to Elliott, April 29, 1958
8. Elliott to The Lord Sinclair, May 1, 1958
9. Moore to Elliott, May 7, 1958
10. Receipt for the paintings of Walls End and Ripon arms
11. The Lord Sinclair to Elliott, June 12, 1958
12. Mitchell to the Lord Sinclair, July 2, 1958
13. Mitchell to the Lord Sinclair, July 9, 1958
14. The Lord Sinclair to Mitchell, July 14, 1958
15. Firth letter to Donors, August 18, 1958
16. List of Medallions with Names of Donors
17. Financial Statement of the English Room Window Fund

Subseries 9. Furniture, 1953-1959

Item 1 Correspondence, 1953
1. Mitchell to Fitzgerald, May 14, 1953
2. Fitzgerald to Mitchell, May 15, 1953
Item 2 Correspondence, 1954
1. Outline of Proposed Furnishings for the English Room, Januray 19, 1954
2. Estimate for Furniture, February 24, 1954
3. Cooley to Mitchell, July 22, 1954
4. Memo from Mitchell to Fisher, September 22, 1954
5. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, October 7, 1954
6. Memorandum Concerning Furniture of the English Room, October 14, 1954
7. Fisher to Mitchell, October 20, 1954
8. Memo from Fisher to Mitchell, October 29, 1954
9. Memo of meeting, October 29, 1954
10. Memo from Mitchell to Fisher, November 3, 1954
11. Mitchell to Firth, Martin, DeMoss, and Amundson, November 11, 1954
12. Firth to Fisher, November 22, 1954
Item 3 Correspondence, 1955
1. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, January 26, 1955
2. Memo from Mitchell to Fitzgerald, March 3, 1955
3. Mitchell to Fitzgerald, March 31, 1955
4. Mitchell to Mr. and Mrs. Firth, April 27, 1955
5. Memo from Mitchell to McFeaters, June 3, 1955
6. Fisher to Fitzgerald, June 10, 1955
7. Receipt from George Ciukurescu, September 20, 1955
8. Memo of Conference, October 13, 1955
9. Fisher to Mitchell, December 30, 1955
Item 4 Correspondence, 1956
1. Memo from Mitchell to Fisher, February 11, 1956
2. Coates to Klimcheck, February 16, 1956
Item 5 Correspondence, 1957
1. Photo of Display Case
2. Photo of Display Case with Dimensions,
Item 6 Correspondence, 1959
1. Odey to Bossom, May 21, 1959
2. Drawing of fire side chair

Series V. Volume V: Photographs: Classroom, Dedication, Special Events, Gifts

Scope and Content Notes:

The final volume in this collection contains photographs of the English Nationality Room in various stages of construction, as well as its completion. Close up photographs of some of the features, including portraits, the fireplace, and windows, are also present. In addition, there are images of Alfred Bossom and some of the special events that have been hosted in the room, including the dedication of the English Room.

Subseries 1. The English Classroom


Volume 5
Item 1 English Room, showing fireplace
Item 2 Mr. Aflred Bossom hanging the House of Commons stained glass medallion during the Dedication Ceremony, His Constituency is Maidstone in Kent, November 21, 1952
Item 3 Certificate of Appreciation, 1952
Item 4 Enid A. Hetterley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield 1981-82, on the occasion of her visit to the Nationality Rooms, November 17, 1981
Item 5 Mrs. R. C. Mitchell, Mrs. S.T. Patterson, Mrs. J. Scott, Mrs. C.W. DeMoss, Lady Wakehurst,Mrs. K.W. Todd, Mrs. J.W. Lawrence Pittsburgh Branch of English Speaking Union Luncheon for lady Wakehurst, wife of retiring Governor General of Australia and president Elect of English Speaking Union, London.
Item 6 Old beams from 18th Century barn in Northern Pennsylvania through English Room window - used eventually for ceiling timbers and English Room tables
Item 7 Sir Christopher Steel and Mr. Alfred C. Bossom with House of Commons stained glass Medallion at the Dedication Ceremony, November 21, 1952
Item 8 Mrs. Peter Gray member of the English room Committee and Mrs. Ruth C. Mitchell Director, examining pieces of paneling from bombed House of Commons
Item 9 Photograph of old House of Commons from which paneling came
Item 10 Photograph of etching of Dennis Flanders of the new House of Commons, 1950
Item 11 Sketch of English Room before completion made by Mr. Theodore Bowman
Item 12 Sketch prepared by Mr. Theodore Bowman for carving of British Coat of Arms over the Entrance to the English Room
Item 13 Old beam taken in through window of the English room for construction purposes

Subseries 2. Dedication November 21, 1952

Item 1 English Room, showing fireplace
Item 2 Photograph of Mr. Alfred Charles Bossom, M.P. Chairman of English Room Committee in London sent for use in Dedication Program, November 21, 1952
Item 3 Mr. Alfred Bossom, British Member of Parliament and Chancellor Rufus H. Fitzgerld, in English room
Item 4 Mr. L. Gerald Firth, Chairman, English Room Committee hangs the stained glass medallion with the Insignia of his Alma Mater, Cambridge University, in the Oriole window during the Dedication Ceremonies, November 21, 1952
Item 5 Mr. William V. Griffin, National President of the English Speaking Union of the United States speaks after placing the bronze marker underneath the brick from 10 Downing Street, in the wall of the English Room at the Dedication Ceremony, November 21,1952
Item 6 Right to Left: Mr. William V. Griffin, National President, E.S.U. of U.S., Mr. Alfred C. Bossom, Member of Parliament, Sir Christopher Steel, Her Majesty's Minister to Wa. D.C., and Aide to Sir Steel in English Room, November 21, 1952
Item 7 The Rt. Rev. Austin Pardue, Bishop of Pittsburgh who gave the Invocation at the Dedication Ceremony, November 21, 1952
Item 8 English Room, looking towards entrance door
Item 9 English room, showing Oriole windows
Item 10 English Room as arranged at time of Dedication looking toward Oriole window
Item 11 English Room under construction. Installation of stone bosses
Item 12 Oriole window, English Room
Item 13 Original Fireback, specially cast in 1588 to celebrate the defeat of the Spanish Armada
Item 14 Carving in the English oak panel over the fireplace from the House of Commons selected by Mrs. Agnes L. Starret for overmantel panel and Lettering by Mr. Theodore Bowman
Item 15 Water color print of English Room
Item 16 Overmantel from Aye Lobby from bombed House of Commons after being putin position in English Room
Item 17 Linenfold panels from the bombed House of Commons, set in frame work at end of English room. Fireplace shown with tile facing

Subseries 3. Special Events

Item 1 Dr. Albert Mansbridge: First Chairman of English Room Committee in London (Photograph of Portrait painted by son of Dr. Mansbridge)

Subseries 4. Gifts

Item 1 British Education Officer, J. Roger Carter, Wa. D.C. photographed with Chancellor Fitzgerald beside bust of the younger Pitt by English Sculptor J. Nollekins, R.A. taken on the occasion of the presentation by Mr. Carter of the gift of nest of walnut tables from Her Royal Highness Queen Mary, October 25, 1951
Item 2 Brick from No. 10 Downing Street, obtained by Mrs. Ruth Crawford Mitchell marked by a bronze ribbon by the English Speaking Union of the United States, at the Dedication Ceremony, November 21, 1952
Item 3 Showing fireplace and linenfold panels on either side of the English Room
Item 4 Close up photo of one of the four stone bosses from bombed House of Commons used in supporting beamed ceiling in English Room
Item 5 Carved and Polychromed British Royal Coat of Arms made in 1688, at the time of James II, the gift of a friend of Mr. Bossom
Item 6 Alfred Bossom, Chairman, English Room Committee in London, showing Chancellor Fitzgerald the stained glass medallion he had made for the Oriole windows in the English Room - one of his many generous gifts
Item 7 Photograph of portrait of William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham by William Hoare; Presented to the University of Pittsburgh by Carnegie Institute (the Painting is a copy of the original)
Item 8 Photograph of Portrait of Andrew W. Mellon by Frank O. Salisbury; Gift of Ailsa Mellon Bruce
Item 9 Original Andirons-1595, made in Sussex, England, from Sir Alfred C. Bossom, M.P.
Item 10 Dr. Rosalind Branning, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, examining a brick from 10 Downing Street sent to the University by Mrs. R.C. Mitchell from London to be used in English Room, Summer 1936
Item 11 Flowers from Garden of Mr. L. Firth, Chairman of English Room Committee, being arranged for meeting of English Speaking Union. Left to Right: Mrs. Dodds, Mr. Firth, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Firth
Item 12 Hood of L.L.D. degree being conferred upon Alfred C. Bossom, M.P. at Dedication Ceremony, November 21, 1952
Item 13 Dr. Peter Gray, Professor of Biology, presenting gift of Sir Isaac Newton's Volume Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematics at the Dedication Ceremony, November 21, 1952
Item 14 Academic Procession lead by University Marshalls Dr. Paul Masoner and Prof. P.W. Hutson, Dedication Ceremony, November 21, 1952
Item 15 Dr. Carroll J. Anderson, Professor of History, presenting the gift of the framed Magna Carta at the Dedication Ceremony, November 21, 1952
Item 16 Election of Queen Mother as Chancellor of University of London, sent by a friend and visitor to the English Room, Percy Dunseath, Chairman of Convocation, University of London, March 3, 1955
Item 17 British Education Officer, J. Roger Carter, Wa. D.C. shaking hands with Chancellor Fitzgerald on the occasion of presenting a gift of tables from Her Majesty the Queen Mother, October 25, 1951
Item 18 Mr. Roger W. Russell, Professor of Psychology at University of Pittsburgh, Visiting Professor, University College, University of London, and Mr. Alrfred C. Bossom, 1951
Item 19 Flowers placed in English Room as a tribute to the memory of Her Gracious Majesty Queen Mary, March 24, 1953