361R. Harrod to F. A. Lindemann, 19 June 1934 [a]

Following a discussion at Christ Church Common Room, Harrod explains that his action in the case of the Bodleian was "irreproachably proper": "The Rockefeller money was secured not on the basis of the Majority Report but of a compromise. It is for one to see that the compromise is not repudiated. And that for three reasons. For one, it is a plain matter of honour. Secondly I believe it to be in the interest of the University learning. And thirdly I make no doubt that my report and the enactment of the compromise immensely raised the prestige of the University in the eyes of the Rockefeller foundation--with consequent benefit to the University both present and, we hope, future." [1] Harrod also mentions a charge raised against him in connection with the Duke of Westminster studentship affair. [2]

  1. 1. Refers to Harrod's membership of the Bodleian Library Commission in 1930-31, whose aim was to formulate recommendations for the reorganization of the Bodleian Library. A substantial endowment was obtained from the Rockefeller Foundation (see letter 172 R, and in particular note 4 ). On the disagreement between Harrod and the other members of the Commission see in particular note 1 to letter 183 R and note 1 to letter 192 R; on the compromise eventually reached see note 1 to letter 203 R. The Report referred to is by the Bodleian Library Commission, Library Provision in Oxford (1931), which includes Harrod's minority report.

    2. In 1930-31 Harrod, then Senior Censor of Christ Church, defended Lindemann's position that the Duke of Westminster Student should sit in the Governing Body. See note 1 to letter 200 R and note 1 to letter 201 R.

    1. a. From Christ Church # , two pages ALS, marked "Private", in CHER K142/12.


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