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MS 667


Harold F. Andorsen archive



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Andorsen, Harold Frederic

Harold Frederic Andorsen (1885-1980), known as 'Harco' to family and close friends, was born in London, the only son of Harald Andorsen (1837-1916) and Laura Marie Rudé (née Lewis). He attended Eton College from 1899 to 1903, where he contributed poetry to the Chronicle, before studying at Balliol College, Oxford. Andorsen published two works, Flowers of Hellas and Memoirs of Lord Salvesen.

He married Constance Mary Abdy (1895-1981).

He died on 15 September 1980 in Barton on Sea, Hampshire.


1856 - 1967

Extent & medium

9 boxes

Content description

The papers comprise Harold Andorsen's letters from his family, close friends and acquaintances; personal and family papers; papers relating to his education at Farnborough and Eton College; some of Andorsen's literary papers and personal photographs of Andorsen and his family


The papers were accumulated by Harold Andorsen throughout his life and passed to his wife Constance on his death in 1980. On Constance's death in 1981, the papers were given to Eton College. The papers include the archive of Andorsen's life-long friend Edward Hope Vere, who bequeathed them to Andorsen in 1925. Andorsen worked on Hope Vere's papers and they formed part of Andorsen's archive on arrival at Eton, but they have been catalogued separately as a discrete archive at MS 599 as the Edward Hope Vere archive.

Associated material

Papers of Andorsen's close friend Edward Hope Vere's archive include and letters from Andorsen to Hope Vere - ECL MS 599 01 02.

A portrait of Harold Andorsen's mother Laura by Philip de Laszlo was given to Eton College - FDA-P.209-2010.

Andorsen's Eton College Leaver’s photograph is catalogued in Eton College Photographic Archive: PA-A31: 122-2013.

A lidded pewter tankard with glass base, engraved H. F. Andorsen, Winner of House Fives with J. K. Henderson, 1901 - is in the Museum of Eton Life: MEL.44:01-2010.

A portrait of Laura Marie Andorsen by Philip Laszlo, 1928, bequeathed to Eton, is in Eton College Fine and Decorative Art Collection: FDA-P.209-2010

Andorsen wrote ‘Ave atque vale’ a poem dedicated to CB-L [Charles Bowes-Lyon] in memory of their friendship at Eton - is in Eton College Macnaghten Library [see Macn.]

Papers of Andorsen's cousin Judge Edward Theodore Salvesen, Lord Salvesen, are deposited in the National Library of Scotland: Acc. 13420
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