Cataloguing the First World War correspondence of the Manchester Guardian

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Lucy-Kay Brownson

Lucy-Kay Brownson, a student on Liverpool University’s Master of Archives and Records Management course, writes:

In January 2019, as part of my MA programme at Liverpool University, I catalogued a series of First World War correspondence from the Guardian (formerly Manchester Guardian) Archive held at The John Rylands Library.

My chief aim was to create a subject-specific finding aid, a navigational tool for those seeking out the lives and voices bound up in the paper’s wartime correspondence. There’s something about a handwritten letter that is irresistible to those of us with prying or sentimental tendencies – and without exception, I tick both of those boxes. As I began to recognise the names that recurred time and again in this series (like C.P. Scott and James Bone), I also came to know how these individuals’ lives became enmeshed in one of the most seminal periods of modern history; viewed together…

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