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ACP Papers Relating to Arthur Cecil Pigou
ADW The Papers of Arthur David Waley
AEF The Papers of Arthur Elliott Felkin
AG The Papers of Angelica Garnett (nee Bell)
AHM The Papers of Arthur Henry Mann
AMT The Papers of Alan Mathison Turing
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The Papers of Arthur Elliott Felkin

Title The Papers of Arthur Elliott Felkin
Reference GBR/0272/PP/AEF
Creator Felkin, Arthur Elliott (1892-1968), diplomat
Covering Dates 1899–1956
Extent and Medium 33 volumes and 41 boxes; paper
Repository King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge
Content and context

Elliott Felkin was born on 31 December 1892. He was admitted to King's College, Cambridge in 1911. After graduating he worked as an interpreter in prison camps until his employment as personal assistant to Lord Salter, General Secretary of the Reparation Commission in Paris and later head of the economics section of the League of Nations Secretariat. Felkin was appointed Secretary to the Permanent Central Opium Board in the 1930s.

Elliott Felkin married Joyce Chapman in 1920; they had a son and a daughter. The couple were divorced during the Second World War. After his retirement Felkin moved to the Alpes Martines.

The collection includes detailed journals recording his business and personal life, including sexual relationships, while working as a diplomat in Switzerland, China, India, and America; personal and business papers; correspondence with Kingsmen and literary figures including E.M. Forster, Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, John Maynard Keynes, Raisley Moorsom, Margaret Jourdain and Ka Cox [Arnold-Forster]; photographs; Rugby School and Cambridge University examination papers; material relating to First World War Prisoner of War camps at Frongoch, Wales, Frith Hill, near Aldershot, and Blandford, Dorset; reports and printed material concerning the League of Nations, especially its Permanent Central Opium Board, later the Drug Supervisory Body of the United Nations. Includes the papers of Valentine van Muyden.

Elliott Felkin presented his letters, papers and journals to King's College in 1957 on condition that they would remain closed to scholars for 50 years, or until the death of his surviving children. During this time, the material was held in locked trunks within one of the Library stores. In February 1996, Hugh Felkin agreed to a relaxing of the original restrictions on access to his father's collection.

Items catalogued as AEF/4/21-4 were placed in a separate locked trunk, and appear to have been placed in the custody of Raisley Moorsom for an indefinite period during the 1950s. They may have been returned to Elliott Felkin for deposit along with the remainder of his papers, or presented separately to King's at a later date.

All journal volumes and file boxes containing loose papers were secured with combination locks. These have been removed. For conservation purposes, the file boxes have been replaced by archival envelopes.

Access and Use

Permission to quote in print from the published or unpublished writings of Elliot Felkin, or to reproduce any photographs taken by him, should be obtained from Mr Hugh Felkin. Further information can be obtained from the Archive Centre.

Please cite as King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge, The Papers of Arthur Elliott Felkin, AEF

Further information

For biographical details, see 'Annual Report of the Council, King's College, Cambridge'. Nov. 1968, pp. 34-5. A copy is available in the Archive Centre.

A full catalogue is available on the College web site, and in hard copy in the Archive Centre.

Index Terms
Politics and Government
York, Yorkshire
Felkin, Arthur Elliott (1892-1968) diplomat
King's/PP/AEF contains:
1 Journals.
Creator: Felkin, Arthur Elliott.
24 volumes; paper; Mixed.
May 1912-Dec. 1955
2 'Special Boxes'.
Creator: Felkin, Arthur Elliott.
14 envelopes; paper.
June 1912-Oct. 1929
3 Personal and business papers.
Creator: Felkin, Arthur Elliott.
264 envelopes; paper.
Jan. 1900-Jan. 1957
4 Subject folders.
Creator: Felkin, Arthur Elliott.
33 envelopes; paper.
5 'Journal supplements'.
Creator: Felkin, Arthur Elliott.
9 volumes; paper.
Dec. 1918-Jan. 1949
6 Papers of Valentine van Muyden.
Creator: Muyden, Valentine van.
7 volumes in envelopes; paper.
Jan. 1914-Oct. 1930

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