George Kitson Clark was born in Leeds on 14 June, 1900. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he became a University Lecturer in 1927, a Reader in Constitutional History (1954-67), and a Fellow in 1967. He wrote books and articles on subjects such as British political and economic history and Church affairs. He died at Tinity College, Cambridge, on 8 December 1975.
The documents described in this Catalogue are the papers of the historian George Sidney Roberts Kitson Clark (1900-1975). They comprise a significant amount of correspondence, mostly with his family, students, academic colleagues and associates. Also, there is a lot of material relating to various trips around Europe including postcards and photographs. Furthermore, there are papers relating to his writings on Church reform and papers relating to his doctoral dissertation.
The papers described in this Catalogue are the main group that are known to have survived of Kitson Clark's papers; there is a handful of other papers already at Trinity College. After George's death they were passed on to his sister, Mary Chitty, to whom he was especially close. After her death in 2005, they were placed in the care of her daughter who was responsible for their initial arrangement. She then passed them to her cousin Edwin Fripp Clark who carried out further rearrangements.
Some items have been grouped togerther according to subject matter, for example, memorablila from a trip, and placed in envelopes with a short description by Edwin c 2007. The corresepondence, especially, has been sorted according to letters sent and received. It is not known if this was how the papers were arranged by George himself or if this was part of the sorting carried out later by his niece or nephew. However, it is clear that some items that are placed in files are the original arrangement due to descriptions or annotations.
Most of the collection that Edwin deposited came from the papers that his cousin had been managing. They were deposited by him to Trinity College in 2009.