Document ReferenceMS 133
TitlePapers and Correspondence of Reginald M. Hewitt (1887-1948), Professor of English, University College, Nottingham, 1910-1953
Extent1 box
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; correspondence, poetry, lectures
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryReginald Mainwaring Hewitt (1887-1948) was born at Rippenden near Halifax. He went to Keble College Oxford in 1905 on a History Scholarship, but transferred to the New School of English. He left Oxford in 1910 with an MA.

From 1911-1913, Hewitt taught History at South Shields High School, before being appointed lecturer in English at the then University College, Nottingham. He married Luisa Krebs, whom he had met at Oxford, the same year. In 1925 Hewitt was made head of the English Department following the retirement of Professor Richard Warwick Bond.

Hewitt was influential in the creation of the English section of the University Library. He was an accomplished linguist and was particularly admired for his translations of poetry, notably from Russian. His great literary interest was Coventry Patmore and, with his friend Frederick Page, he was responsible for building up the Patmore Collection (Pt) at the University library.

In 1935 Hewitt began to suffer from Paget's disease, and was forced to retire in 1938. He was given an Honorary Readership in Comparative Literature and retained a strong connection with the University's activities until his death in 1948.
Custodial HistoryMost of the collection comprises the material gathered together by Professor Vivian de Sola Pinto for his publication, 'Reginald Mainwaring Hewitt: A Selection from his Literary Remains' (1955), and subsequently donated to the Library by Professor Pinto.

An additional series of papers was added to the collection by Mrs H. Kinsley, wife of Rev. Professor J. Kinsley formerly of Nottingham University English Department.

A few items have also been transferred from an artificial collection of letters (see MS 178).
DescriptionThe collection includes correspondence of a personal and academic nature. Hewitt corresponded with many eminent scholars and literary figures of his day including Lascelles Abercrombie, Walter de la Mare, J. Dover Wilson and Herbert Grierson. Letters from a number of academics from overseas are present in the collection and there is an interesting letter from Hewitt to his wife, whilst staying in Prague, which relates details of the country at that time.

There are also letters of condolence to Luisa Hewitt, following her husband's death in 1948. Notes for lectures given by Hewitt at Nottingham from 1910 to 1942 survive. His literary papers include some of his original poems and translations of poems such as works by Pushkin, and a manuscript copy of 'The New University: A Satire by R. Ascham Jr', which Hewitt composed.
MgtGroupPersonal papers
MgtSubGroupUniversity member
ArrangementThe collection is arranged into sections of correspondence, testimonials, and poetry. Material is arranged chronologically within each section.
TermEnglish poetry - 20th century
University College Nottingham - Department of English - Studies
English literature - Addresses, essays, lectures
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 16 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 16 pp Online: Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialA few items were transferred from an artificial collection of letters (see MS 178)
Letters from Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938) to Professor Vivian de Sola Pinto (1895-1969); c.1929-1938 (MS 826)
Related RecordMS826
Publication NoteVivian De Sola Pinto, 'Reginald Mainwaring Hewitt: A Selection from his Literary Remains', (Blackwell, 1955)

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA610Abercrombie; Lascelles (1881-1938); poet and critic1881-1938
NA381Pinto; Vivian de Sola (1895-1969); Professor; professor of English, Nottingham University1895-1969
NA374De la Mare; Walter John (1873-1956); English writer1873-1956
NA77309Hewitt; Reginald M. (1887-1948); Professor; Professor of English, University College Nottingham1887-1948
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