Ronald Edmond Balfour (1904-1945) was educated at Eton and King's, matriculating in 1922. He was elected a Fellow of the College in 1928 and Lecturer in History in 1930. During the Second World War he held administrative posts with the French section of the Ministry of Information, then worked in Winchester and York interviewing recruits, and finally with the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). He died in a shell-burst, while rescuing altarpieces from a church in Cleves (Kleve) on 10th March 1945. He bequeathed his personal library of 8,000 books to be divided between the University Library and the College Library.
For further biographical information the reader is directed to Balfour's obituary in the King's College Annual Report, 1945.
Throughout this catalogue the name of Ronald Edmond Balfour has been abbreviated to REB.
The papers contain press cuttings, articles, research notes and other material relating to Balfour's academic career, postcards and photographs from his travels, material from REB's time during World War II and a small collection of correspondence.
The papers previously catalogued as Misc. 5/1-9 were bequeathed to the College upon Balfour's death in 1945. There have been subsequent deposits in 2005 and 2006.