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Faith Thompson papers

Identifier: uarc 792

Scope and Content

The collection consists of general correspondence, including two letters regarding the Faith Thompson scholarship. There are also George Bernard Shaw newspaper clippings, as well as clippings regarding the court decision not to ban religious activities at the University of Minnesota. There are notes on the Society of Antiquaries and sketches of British antiquaries, notes on British statutes and court cases, freedom of speech, and a copy of the Magna Carta. Included also are copies of letters to Sir Robert Cotton, English antiquary and founder of the Cottonian Library in the British Museum.


  • 1955-1961


Language of Materials

Collection material in English and French

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Faith Thompson (1893-1961)

Faith Thompson, B.A. (1917), M.A. (1919), Ph.D. (1923) University of Minnesota. Professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Recognized authority on English constitutional and legal history of the Magna Carta.

Faith Thompson was born on October 9, 1893 in Minneapolis. She received her B.A.(1917), M.A. (1919), and Ph.D. (1923) degrees from the University of Minnesota. After teaching one year at Wooster College (Wooster, Ohio), she was appointed instructor at the University of Minnesota in the history department in 1923. Professor Thompson's special interests were in the field of English constitutional and legal history, especially the Magna Carta, and was recognized as an international authority in these areas. This expertise is also reflected in two of her books, published by the University of Minnesota Press: First Century of the Magna Carta: Why it Persisted as a Document(1925), and Magna Carta. Its Role in the Making of the English Constitution(1948). Her book, Short History of Parliament, 1295-1692, was also published by the University Press in 1953. She was working on a volume of biographical sketches of famous 16th and 17th Century English lawyers at the time of her death on April 7, 1961.


1 box (0.25 cubic feet)


Collection contains the correspondence, news clippings, and research materials of Faith Thompson, professor of history at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The source of acquisition for the Faith Thompson collection is unknown.

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Faith Thompson Papers, 1955-1961
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Finding aid written in English

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