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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: C.K. Ogden Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1910-1957
    Collection number: 785
    Creator: Ogden, C.K. (Charles Kay), 1889-1957
    Extent: 20 boxes (10.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: C.K. Ogden (1889-1957) published The meaning of meaning (1923), which set forth principles for the understanding of the function of language. In 1922, he became editor of the international psychological journal Psyche, and used it as a vehicle for publishing research on international language problems. Later, Ogden developed what he termed Basic English to be used as an international language of 850 words. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, periodicals, and books. Materials relate to Basic English, the Orthological Institute, and Psyche, and include manuscripts and copies of books by Ogden, as well as many of the books published in Basic English by various authors.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
    Portions of this collection are restricted from copying. Consult finding aid for additional information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], C.K. Ogden Papers (Collection 785). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • C.K. Ogden Estate, purchase, 1957.
    • Gift of Ruth Peck, 1975.

    Biography

    Ogden was born June 1, 1889 in Fleetword, England; graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1910; founded the Cambridge magazine in 1912; in 1923, he published The meaning of meaning, which set forth principles for the understanding of the function of language; in 1922 he became editor of the international psychological journal Psyche, and used it as a vehicle for publishing research on international language problems; developed what he termed Basic English to be used as an international language of 850 words; established the Orthological Institute in 1927, completing the Basic vocabulary in 1928; published Basic English (1930), The basic vocabulary (1930), Debabelization (1931), and The basic words (1932); the Basic English Foundation was established with a grant from the Ministry of Education in 1947; he died in 1957.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, periodicals, and books. Materials relate to Basic English, the Orthological Institute, and Psyche, and include manuscripts and copies of books by Ogden, as well as many of the books published in Basic English by various authors. Correspondents include T.S. Eliot.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Correspondence, some with pamphlets, reprints, and ephemera.
    • Literary manuscripts by Ogden.
    • Miscellaneous manuscripts.
    • Ephemera.
    • Business correspondence, Orthological Institute, Cambridge, England.
    • Books by Ogden.
    • Introduction, prefaces, and notes by Ogden.
    • Miscellaneous published works by Ogden.
    • Periodicals devoted to Basic English.
    • Books on Basic English by various authors.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Ogden, C.K. (Charles Kay), 1889-1957--Archives.
    Linguists--England--Archival resources.
    Psychologists--England--Archival resources.
    Basic English.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.

    Index

    “Roger Bacon Ciper” See Abrahams, Harold J. Box 1, folder 1.
    Basic English See Throughout the collection.
    Bell, Clive, b.1881 See Bodkin, Thomas Box 1, folder 1.
    Bentham, Jeremy, 1784-1832 See Ehrsam, Theodore George Box 1, folder 4.
    Bentham, Jeremy, 1784-1832 See Fulton, John Farquhar Box 1, folder 5.
    Bentham, Jeremy, 1784-1832 See Holland, H.A. Box 1, folder 6.
    Bentham, Jeremy, 1784-1832 See London. University College Box 1, folder 8.
    Bentham, Jeremy, 1784-1832 See Nesbitt, George Layman Box 1, folder 11.
    Bentham, Jeremy, 1784-1832 See Ephemera re Bentham Box 2, folder 6.
    Bright, Timothy, 1551[?]-1615 See Carlton, William John Box 1, folder 3.
    Bright, Timothy, 1551[?]-1615 See Folger Shakespear Library Box 1, folder 5.
    Brougham and Vaux, Henry Peter Brougham, 1st baron, 1778-1868 See Garratt, Anne Beryl Box 1, folder 5.
    Brougham and Vaux, Henry Peter Brougham, 1st baron, 1778-1868 See Hayak, Friedrich August von Box 1, folder 6.
    Brougham and Vaux, Henry Peter Brougham, 1st baron, 1778-1868 See Leslie, Shane Box 1, folder 8.
    Cohen, Morris Raphael, 1880-1947 See Ogden, C.K., Literary Manuscripts Box 2, folder 12.
    Crosby, Harry, 1898-1929 See Box 2, folder 2.
    English language - Textbooks for foreigners See Box 9, folder 10.
    Esperanto See Collinson, Walter Edward Box 1, folder 3.
    Esperanto See Conze, Edward Box 1, folder 3.
    Garratt, Geoffrey Theodore, 1882-1942 See Garratt, Anne Beryl Box 1, folder 5.
    Giles, Herbert Allen, 1845-1935 See Robinson, Kenneth Box 1, folder 12.
    Giles, Herbert Allen, 1845-1935 See Heffer, W. and sons, ltd. Box 1, folder 6.
    Giles, Herbert Allen, 1845-1935 See Ogden, C.K., Notations Box 2, folder 1.
    González de Mendoza, Juan, bp., 1545-1618 See Robinson, Kenneth Box 1, folder 12.
    Gouin, Francois, d. 1896 See Collard, M.M. Box 1, folder 3.
    Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771 See Butterfield, Herbert Box 1, folder 2.
    Langenfelt, Gösta, b.1888 See Box 2, folder 3.
    Language, universal See Throughout the collection.
    Languages, artificial See Throughout the collection.
    Martin, Mrs. Victoria Woodhill, 1838-1927 See Collyer-Bristow and Company Box 1, folder 3.
    Maugham, William Somerset, b.1874 See Bligh, Eric Walter Box 1, folder 2.
    Ney, Michel, due d'Elchingen, prince della Moscowa, 1769-1815 and Ney, Peter Stuart, d. 1846 See Hoyt, William Henry Box 1, folder 6.
    Orthological institute, Cambridge, England See Business Correspondence Box 2, folder 8, 9.
    As subject See Throughout the collection.
    Rolfe, Frederick William, 1860-1913 See Abercrombie, David Box 1, folder 1.
    Rolfe, Frederick William, 1860-1913 See Dawkins, Richard McGillivray Box 1, folder 4.
    Rolfe, Frederick William, 1860-1913 See Pirie-Gordon, C. Henry Clinton Box 1, folder 11.
    Rolfe, Frederick William, 1860-1913 See Sims, George Frederick Box 1, folder 13.
    Rolfe, Frederick William, 1860-1913 See Spriggs, Edmund Ivens Box 1, folder 13.
    Rundle, Stanley See Eliot, Thomas Stearns Box 1, folder 4.
    Serres, Mrs. Olivia, 1772-1834 See Bennett, A.R. Box 1, folder 2.
    Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946. Words and idioms See Box 8.
    Wells, Herbert George, 1866-1946 See Gregory, Sir Richard Arman Box 1, folder 5.