Research Collections

Eric Dingwall – Indexing the Marginal

SHL holds the archive of  Eric John Dingwall (1891-1986) , – psychical investigator, anthropologist, sexologist, author and librarian – including his extensive system of c.50,000 index cards contained in 50 boxes, with over 100 corresponding scrapbooks. Dr Dingwall, according to his friends, had a compulsion to classify – in his garden shed, he’d ordered his nails, bolts and screws neatly in boxes according to utility, size and shape. Despite his unorthodox interests he was, at heart, a Cambridge man, with allegiances to rationality and science.
23 Mar 2015
Christopher Josiffe

Marginal Presences: unorthodox belief and practice 1837-2014

Senate House Library is proud to host an eclectic symposium on the marginal but persistent minority with their restless doubts, controversial lifestyles and utopian dreams. Ranging from the evasive satire of Robert Anton Wilson to the didactic insistence of George Audsley, from the alcoholism of journalist and explorer William Seabrook to the teetotalism of the Independent Order of Rechabites, it is a day that reflects the richness of the unorthodox.
20 Mar 2015
Dr Richard Espley

Plans for International Peace Councils

The second of a short series of posts on the philosophical underpinnings of pacifist positions by Charlie Potter, of Senate House Library. Readers are also very welcome to join Charlie for a lunchtime talk on Bertrand Russell and the philosophy of pacifism in 11 March at 1PM in the Durning-Lawrence Library.

6 Mar 2015
Charlie Potter

‘It is obviously ridiculous to wear anything at all when swimming’: the marginal presence of Alec Craig

One of the attractions of the forthcoming Marginal Presences symposium (23 April 2015) for me is that there is an excellent opportunity to explore, and to revel in, the eccentricities, foibles and passionately held views of the many unorthodox figures whose papers and libraries have been entrusted to our care. Not least amongst these is the writer and campaigner Alec Craig , who published by way of introduction to a book of his poetry a summation of his life which could stand for many of our other donors, ‘making ever diminishing demands with ever diminishing hope’.
24 Feb 2015
Dr Richard Espley

SHL Research Guide for KCL History Module- Red, White and Blues: Jazz and the United States in the Twentieth Century (6AAH3029/30)

Senate House Library has many resources to support the research of Jazz in the United States. The following presentation will discuss research search strategies and databases relevant to beginning your research.  It was written to help orientate those on the King’s College London History module, Red, White and Blues: Jazz and the United States in the Twentieth Century (6AAH3029/30) to Music specific resources.

24 Feb 2015
Colin Homiski