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THM/374 - Douglas H. Jeffery Archive

Douglas H. Jeffery Archive

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This material is held atV&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374
Dates of Creation1930-2007
Name of CreatorDouglas H Jeffery
Language of Material English Italian German
Physical Description 9 boxes

Scope and Content

This collection comprises of photographic negatives and prints, some glass negatives and personal records of the photographer Douglas H Jeffery. It comprises of a representative collection of photographic negatives that document the history of London theatre performance between c. 1960-2003 and the related correspondence with media organisations and publishers, who purchased images for publication.

His early work is kept on negative glass prints, before he moved onto black and white 35 mm film.

Administrative / Biographical History

Douglas H Jeffery (1917-2009) was born in Gillingham, Kent, but his parents, Ada May Elizabeth and Harold Walter Jeffery were from Somerset. The H in his name comes from Hannaford, his morther's maiden name.

Having worked for Kodak, Jeffery became interested in photography and started taking photographs in the early 1940s, using a plate camera. He had photographed productions at the Richmond Park open-air theatre for a local paper in Kingston upon Thames, where he attended school. He also photographed weddings and horse races.

He was known as a good friend to his fellow photographers. Photographer Graham Brandon, who often worked at the same press calls as Jeffery, noted, that Jeffery, also known as "Dougie" used to co-ordinate the press calls on behalf of all the photographers. Venues would liaise with Jeffery to ensure that press calls did not overlap and he would distribute schedules to all other photographers. Brandon further acknowledged that unlike other photographers, Jeffery would also go to fringe venues. Jeffery also took pictures of the press calls itself (e.g. directors and other photographers) as well as taking informal portraits of theatre practitioners and playwrights.

Jeffery made all of his own tools for fixing his camera, often made his own chemicals and he develped the films himself. Bu the late 1980s, picture editors grew unhappy with his technical style and later on were annoyed by his refusal to adopt digital photography. In 1994, Jeffery was hit by a passing car and the recovery period caused less photoorders from publishers.

Douglas H Jeffery never married. He died in London in 2009.

Arrangement

The original working order has been maintained where appropriate. The archive has been divided into 7 series:

  • THM/374/1 - Negatives of theatre productions
  • THM/374/2 - Professional Correspondence
  • THM/374/3 - Photography: technique, equipment
  • THM/374/4 - Personal correspondence and documents
  • THM/374/5 - Financial documents
  • THM/374/6 - Legal documents
  • THM/374/7 - Glass plates negatives
  • THM/374/8 - Photographic negatives of individuals

Conditions Governing Access

These glass plates are very fragile. Access is at the discretion of the archivist and conservation manager.

Conditions Governing Use

Archive material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the search room using non-flash photography.

Physical Description

Gellatin dry plates sized 4.5x6 cm and 9x12cm.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with collection management policies.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased at auction in Autumn 2008.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to Douglas H Jeffery, as well as theatre photography in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.

Subjects

Theater--Great Britain--History--20th century
Photography--1970-1980
Photography--1980-1990
Photography--1990-2000
Stage photography
Photography -- 1960-1970

Personal Names

Jeffery, Douglas. ( 1917-2009)

Geographical Names

Gillingham, Kent, United Kingdom

Cataloguing Info

TitleDouglas H. Jeffery Archive
CreationCreated by intern using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2011-05-12

Negatives of theatre productions

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/1
Dates of Creationc.1960-2000

Scope and Content

This series contains photographs for more than 10,000 individual productions, which Douglas H. Jeffery photographed during his career.

The negatives documenting the theatre productions in London between 1960s-2005 is currently being catalogued and will be available in due course.


Professional correspondence

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2
Dates of Creation1934-2000
Physical Description 8 files

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Douglas Jeffery and publishers (newspapers of book editors, sometimes broadcasted media) relating to his services as a photographer.The letters addressed to Jeffery are photocall invitations, payments and photo specifications. Some of the correspondence is with foreign publishers. Copies of Jeffery's letters in response and of notes attached to the photos delivered can be found throughout the files. Many letters are enquiries from people who wish to obtain copies of his photographs. There are also some records related to payments.

Arrangement

The original order of his files was largely preserved and some of his file titles were kept.

Related Material

More documents on his finances can be found in Series THM/374/5 Financial documents.


Professional correspondence (old letters and orders)

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2/1
Dates of Creation1934-1998
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains handwritten notes and correspondence. The notes refer to photo specifications, payments, follow-ups and appointments. The correspondence is from publishers regarding the usage of Douglas Jeffery's photographs and payments incurred; some letters may have copies of of photographs referred to, and a couple of letters are in Italian. A few remittance advices and invoices may be found in between letters as well as some correspondence with the National Union of Journalists.


Professional correspondence and personal letters

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2/2
Dates of Creation1937-1962
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Early correspondence relating to photo production and equipment (c.1945-1953) and some personal correspondence (1942, 1945, 1955, 1962). It includes photo orders (London News Agency Photos, 1937-1938; The Field, 1951), receipts and invoices for photo supplies. Some documents are instructions for laboratory equipment (method of filling thermoregulator) and have drawings of photo equipment.

Related Material

More material on his photo equipment can be found in Series THM/374/3 Photography equipment.


Professional correspondence

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2/3
Dates of Creation1958-1974
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Includes work related correspondence with publishers (some letters are in German), handwritten notes on scraps of paper, payment cheques; negative prints, invoices and remittance advices (1973, 1942), and newspaper clippings of his published photographs. Some photos may be found attached to letters.

Appraisal Information

Some photographs attached to a letter were removed. Negatives of all his photographs can be found in Series THM/374/1 Negatives.


Material found in folder titled: "Douglas Jeffery: not wanted"

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2/4
Dates of Creation1965-1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence regarding Jeffery's photographs which were not used for publication in newspapers or books. Some letters/invitations may have photographs and newspaper clippings attached. Some documents relating to a collaboration with a German publication (letter and tax exemption form) are in German. It also includes letters from a church, Parish of St. Bride, Fleet Street; letters in appreciation of his photographs and concerning payments, correspondence with Royal Shakespeare Company, some of the Royal Court Theatre press releases and 1988 Young Writer's Festival invitations.

Appraisal Information

Two copies of a blank notification from The Companies Act 1948 to 1967 were removed from the folder. Two colour negatives were moved to Series THM/374/1 Negatives.


Professional correspondence

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2/5
Dates of Creation1967-1972
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains postal money orders (1967-1968), correspondence from Susan Deusnap, handwritten notes and lists with photo sizes and photographs order forms (c.1968, 1970-1971); correspondence relating to photo orders.

Appraisal Information

A set of annotated photographs and negative prints from Summer with Jane Asher and Malcolm Palton were removed from the file. The negatives of these photographs can be found in Series THM/374/1 Negatives.


Professional correspondence

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2/6
Dates of Creation1967-1998
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence (1984-1987) regarding photo purchase requests to use in television, books and other publications, and some may have enclosed copies of photos referred to. Many letters are enquiries from people who wish to purchase copies of Jeffery's published photographs. It also contains a call for photo awards and theatre photocall invitations, invoices, delivery notes from newspapers (1994-1995), and handwritten notes on scraps of paper. Theatre programme leaflets, a Commonwealth Arts Festival 1965 programme and Sunday Express compliment cards can be found attached to letters.


Professional correspondence

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2/7
Dates of Creation1984-1992
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence with publishers relating to photo orders and payments, and copies of Jeffery's letters and notes attached to delivered photographs. Some letters may contain copies of photographs referred to. Many letters are enquiries from people who request copies of specific photographs.


Professional correspondence and photocall invitations

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/2/8
Dates of Creation1985-2000
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Enclosed some correspondence with publishers, invitations to rehearsal photo sessions, handwritten notes and a newspaper clipping.


Photography: technique, equipment

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/3
Dates of Creation1930-2007
Physical Description 6 files

Scope and Content

Material relating to photography gathered by Douglas H Jeffery during his professional life. They include various instruction manuals for photography technical equipment and documentation of his published photographs. There is some correspondence relating to selling/buying technical equipment and supplies as well as digrams and notes on the photographic process.

Arrangement

The material in this series was put together mainly from two separate files and from his entire paper archive and there there was no original arrangement as it is now.


Instruction manuals for photography equipment

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/3/1
Dates of Creationc.1935-2007
Physical Description 1 box

Scope and Content

Contains various instruction manuals for photographic equipment (camera, lenses, lightning, paper), price lists, and two photos of old cameras with handwritten annotations.

Arrangement

The content of this box was put together from two different files.


Photography equipment

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/3/2
Dates of Creationc.1930-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains handwritten payment receipts for photography technical equipment and supplies, invoices and guarantee certificates, notes on technical specifications, magazine articles on photo equipment (The British Journal of Photography), diagrams of 'portaflash', electric lamp, photography related articles and two issues of the Technical Bulletin (no.10, no.39). It also includes correspondence related to selling/buying equipment.


Scrapbook

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/3/3
Dates of Creation1936-1938

Scope and Content

Notebook with 200 numbered pages (only first 100 used) that starts with newspaper clippings from 1936, depicting photographs of footballers, wedings, houses, parades and festivities. It also encloses loose newspaper clippings. The table of contents at the end states: Great Britain: 1-35; Europe: 35-80; Asia: 80-110; Africa: 140-170; America: 170-200.


Poster: Shakespeare 1564-1964

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/3/4
Dates of Creation1964
Physical Description 1 poster

Scope and Content

Photo-poster prepared for the British Information Services by the Central Office of Information, London 1964. It depicts several images of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, images of paintings, stills and photographs from films and plays based on Shakespeare's plays and a short biography. Some of the photographs are Jeffery's.


Art and industry. A century of design in the products we use

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/3/5
Dates of CreationNovember 1981
Physical Description 1 booklet

Scope and Content

Exhibition catalogue published by The Conran Foundation for the first exhibition staged in the Boilerhouse of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It includes a section on photocamera design.


Newspaper articles clippings

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/3/6
Dates of Creationc.1984-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains annotated newspaper pages and articles clippings, theatre and image study themed (with Jeffery's photographs or not), mainly from The Evening Standard.

Appraisal Information

Duplicates were removed.


Personal correspondence and documents

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/4
Dates of Creationc.1939-2007
Physical Description 5 files

Scope and Content

Jeffery's non-profession related correspondence and personal documents, such as his mother's death certificate, and his National service documents. There are also some photographs that are not theatre related, perhaps of his family and friends. Many Christmas greetings cards collected between 1970-1998 can be found in this series, as well as a small amount of newspaper clippings with articles on subjects of interest to Jeffery, from science to health.

Arrangement

The arrangement of these files was kept to some extent; they are by subject.


Personal documents

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/4/1
Dates of Creation1939-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains Douglas Jeffery's National service related documents: pay forms, Soldier's Service and Pay Book, Army Book no.64 1942; letter with insurance card 1944; health insurance card and related documentation. It also contains his mother's death certificate of 1948, two photographs of his mother and father and letters to Mum and Dick from Sally.


Personal photographs

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/4/2
Dates of Creationc.1945-1994
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Includes photographs of Douglas Jeffery ( for Douglas, from an admirer; Jeffery at work), portraits of family, friends (?) (Susan Locke, Sean Noble, Pauline Boty, Erika Rogers, Kay Cooper), his car and countryside views. It may also include letters or photographs received from those photographed.


Newspaper article clippings

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/4/3
Dates of Creation1973-2007
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Encloses various articles on astronomy, space, species evolution, archeology, religion and on financial and health related issues. Some articles are annotated.

Arrangement

This folder was made out of three separate files, one with science related articles, the second with health related articles and the third with finance related articles.


Sound Magazine: The Busines Insider audiotape

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/4/4
Dates of CreationApril 1978
Physical Description 1 audiotape

Scope and Content

The audiotape is recorded with financial and tax self-assessment information. Editor: Robert Heller; guest speaker: Malcolm Craig. There is a note handwritten on the tape envelope: They're playing our song?

Physical Description

Audiotape with recordings on both sides, in good condition.


Christmas cards and letters

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/4/5
Dates of Creationc.1970-1998
Physical Description 1 box

Scope and Content

Contains many Christmas cards and some letters. Some cards are handmade drawings, some enclose photographs, many have the original envelopes. Some correspondence not Christmas greetings related may be in the box.

Arrangement

The contents of this box were put together from loose items.


Financial documents

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5
Dates of Creationc.1957-1999
Physical Description 9 files

Scope and Content

Financial records comprising invoices, remittance advice and receipts, bank account statements and tax forms alongside correspondence with publishers regarding payments and correspondence with accountants related to tax and revenues calculations. Many handwritten calculations of income and expenses can be found in these files. Most of the financial records have not been retained within this collection, but records for one year in each decade were kept to illustrate Douglas Jeffery’s method of keeping his books and finances: 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988 and 1997. Financial records from other years may be found attached to some correspondence.

Arrangement

The original order of his files was preserved to large extent and some of his file titles were kept.


Material found in a box called "Old Accounts. Tony’s A/C’s. Astor Case. Walters Affairs. Charles Napier Cuttings. Tenancy Hopson"

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/1
Dates of Creationc.1957-1985
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Consists of professional correspondence, handwritten calculations of income and expenses; National Westminster and National Provincial Bank (1958-1978) account statemens as well as remittance advices and receipts (1976-1977). It also comprises newspaper cuttings on the case of Charles Napier (1975); photo order forms and size specifications; one issue of Man & Woman magazine, vol.5, part 69 with 5 of his photographs published. It includes a copy of Denis Frances Gleeson's will, and correspondence related to Gleeson's death.

Appraisal Information

Many bank statements and invoices were removed and disposed off. A selection for the 1958, 1968 and 1978 were kept to illustrate Jeffery's meticulous approach to his finances.


Invoices and payments correspondence

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/2
Dates of Creation1960-1994
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains invoices and payments related correspondence, some letters may enclose copies of photographs referred to. It also includes a phone service application dated 1974, Kodak Limited statements (1944-1956) and some invoices from The Observer (1967).

Appraisal Information

Many invoices were removed and only those from selected years (1958, 1968, 1978 or 1988) were kept as an example.


Tax forms

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/3
Dates of Creation1972-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains tax return forms, payslips and receipts, correspondence with the tax advisor (Bagshaws, Moore Stevens), handwritten notes with 1972-1988 income calculations and tax revenue related documents from 1988.

Appraisal Information

Blank tax forms and tax information brochures were removed from the file; financial records were removed, except for those from year 1988 which were kept as an example. Some records related to other financial years may be in the file attached to correspondence.


Material found in file called "Very old bank statements"

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/4
Dates of Creation1978-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains account statements from Bank of Ireland, statements of interest, investment shares documentation and financial related correspondence.

Appraisal Information

Many account statements and invoices were removed and only those from 1988 were kept; financial records from other years may be found attached to correspondence.


Tax forms and invoices

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/5
Dates of Creation1984-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains handwritten lists of income calculations (1986-1996), correspondence with the tax advisor (Moore Stephen), house expenses bills and revenue calculations, and invoices from newspapers.

Appraisal Information

Most invoices and tax forms were removed, except those for years 1980 and 1997 which were kept as an example. Tax forms and invoices from other years may be found attached to letters.


Material found in file called Accounts returned from Bagshaws 1986-1988

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/6
Dates of Creation1986-1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains lists of bank cheques and account statements, correspondence relating to payments and receipts.

Appraisal Information

Invoices and account statements were removed, except those for years 1988 and 1997, which were kept as an example. Tax forms and invoices from other years may be found attached to letters.


Bank statements

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/7
Dates of Creation1987-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains bank account statements from Bank of Ireland and National Westminster Bank, for years 1988 and 1997.

Appraisal Information

Account statements were removed and only those from 1988 and 1997 were kept as an example.


Invoices

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/8
Dates of Creation1988-1994
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains invoices and remittance advices, receipts and correspondence relating to payments (The Guardian and Manchester Evening News, The Observer) as well as some correspondence relating to photo orders and publications. More correspondence on photo orders can be found in Series THM374/2 Professional Correspondence.

Appraisal Information

Many invoices were removed and only those from 1988 were kept for as an example.


Tax forms and house invoices

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/5/9
Dates of Creation1996-1998
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains revenue and tax form calculations, invoices and correspondence with the tax advisor (Moore Stephens).

Appraisal Information

Many invoices and tax forms were removed except for those from 1997 which were kept as an example.


Legal documents

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/6
Dates of Creationc.1952-2000
Physical Description 6 files

Scope and Content

Records relating to his properties and to his legal cases. It comprises of correspondence with solicitors regarding the acquisition or taking over of properties, tenancy agreements and lease contracts and trial supportive documentation: hearing notes, personal statements and photographs. Documentation on the legal case that followed Douglas Jeffery's accident in 1994 can be found here as well.

Arrangement

The original order and titles of his files were preserved to a great extent within this series.


Properties: listings

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/6/1
Dates of Creation1958-1994
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Comprises of correspondence with real estate agents, annotated house sale adverts; handwritten notes of house adverts and newspaper clippings of house and property sale adverts (1958, 1994).

Arrangement

The content of this folder was created from two different files.

Appraisal Information

Some advertising material from real estate agents was removed.


Properties: Pitmans file

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/6/2
Dates of Creation1983-2000
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence with solicitors (Pitmans) related to property acquisition in South West London as well as purchase orders.


Documents related to 112 Shoelane property

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/6/3
Dates of Creation1952-1973
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Consists of correspondence with solicitors (1973) on change of rent rate, related to Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 and with property consultants (Collier and Madge). It includes newspaper clippings, copies of Terms of Settlement, a tenancy agreement between Douglas Jeffery and his landlord, Marie Adele Smith (1952); a City of London poor and general rates statements, and a copy of underlease agreement in Warwick Gardens Kensington.


Documents found in file "House, tenancy agreement. Mr. Waung. Mrs. Jacobson"

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/6/4
Dates of Creationc.1974-1996
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Consists of tenancy agreements (c.1974, let to Douglas Jeffery), correspondence with London Borough of Camden; correspondence regarding tenants: Mr. Druian, Mr. Waung; newespaper clippings on tenants' rights (1996-1997). It also includes a report: Property Structural Survey on 5, Englands Lane, a photograph and floor plan.


Documents related to lease at 5 England's Lane (Mr. Waung)

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/6/5
Dates of Creation1994-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Encloses property insurance related correspondence referring to Mr. Waung's tenancy, and a copy of the lease contract.

Geographical Names

5 England's Lane london

Legal case: Mr. Druian

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/6/6
Dates of Creation1988-1991
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence with solicitors on legal trials and appeals, hearing notes, faxes, forms from London Borough of Camden; personal statements in trial and a copy of The Rent Act. It also includes Druian and Jeffery trial related correspondence and statements of intent, a copy of Appeals to the Court of Appeal (O.59, r.10, p.882-883) amd some trial related photographs.

Arrangement

The documents in this folder were taken from three separate envelopes.


Accident claim file

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/6/7
Dates of Creation1992-1997
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Includes documentation on the trial that Douglas Jeffery filed after he was run over by a car in 1994: contains correspondence ragarding damage payments, legal pursues, trial related photographs, testimonies and a copy of the accident report book.


Glass plates negatives

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/7
Dates of Creationc.1935-1955

Scope and Content

The glass plates negatives document Douglas H Jeffery's early work as a photographer. It includes negatives of wedding photographs, children and families, animals, landscape and architecture.

Conditions Governing Access

These glass plates are very fragile. Access is at the discretion of the archivist and conservation manager.

Physical Description

Gellatin dry plates sized 4.5x6 cm and 9x12cm.


Photographic negatives of individuals

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/374/8
Dates of Creation1940s -2007

Scope and Content

This series contains photographic negatives featuring individuals photographed by Douglas Jeffery. His photographic work is largely of theatre productions, however, he has also photograph individuals from time to time, sometimes whilst at work, etc.

This series is currently being catalogued and made available in due course.