Tate, William Edward (enclosure historian)
William Tate (1902-1968) was a much celebrated historian and antiquarian and has been called many things from a ‘scholar’ to a ‘maverick’. He had many academic interests, but his main passion was for the history of enclosure in England and he spent over thirty years researching and compiling the details of enclosure for all English counties. What Pevsner is to buildings, Tate is to enclosure acts. Much of his collection of papers was deposited at the University of Reading by his wife after his death in the late 1960s, including many manuscripts of unpublished works.
The archive is split across four deposits and consists of books and material written by W E Tate, note books, illustrations; publications by other authors; postcards, photographs, prints and glass negatives; correspondence and private papers; lectures; album containing reviews, letters and newspaper articles; broadcast scripts; curriculum vitae; accounts, deeds and wills; sundry papers.
- Full descriptions are available on our online database: D MS 1093, D MS 1234, D MS 1234A & D MS 1234B.
- Handlists for each deposit of the collections can be found here: D MS 1093, D MS 1234, D MS 1234A & D MS 1234B4.
- Read our blog post about the discovery of an 18th century enclosure protest opera found within the William Tate Archive here.