Document ReferenceMS 141
TitleCollected literary manuscripts of Vivian de Sola Pinto (1895-1969), (from Professor of English at the University of Nottingham (from 1938 to 1961); 1598-1969
Extent3 volumes
AbstractThe collection contains three books of poetry, apparently compiled by various unknown authors between 1738 and 1825, and brought together into a collection by Professor Vivian de Sola Pinto (1895-1969) in the course of his research.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryVivian de Sola Pinto was born in 1895 and educated at Christchurch College, Oxford where he read classics. His studies were interrupted by the First World War. He volunteered for service and fought in Gallipoli, Sinai, and France, where he became a friend of the English poet, Siegfried Sassoon. He returned to Oxford in 1919, and graduated with a first class honours degree in 1921. After working at the Sorbonne and then in the extra-mural department at University College Nottingham, he was appointed to the chair of English at Southampton in 1926. He left his post in 1938 to take up the chair in English at Nottingham where he remained until his retirement in 1961. He died on 27 July 1969.

Pinto had a wide range of research interests in English literature, with a particular concentration on the 17th-century Restoration poets. On his appointment at Nottingham in 1938 he took a strong personal interest in the local writer D.H. Lawrence and was a major influence on the development of Lawrence studies at Nottingham and the establishment of a collection of Lawrence manuscripts in the University Library. He invited F.R. Leavis to Nottingham to lecture on Lawrence, and was largely responsible for organising the 1960 first major exhibition of Lawrence works at Nottingham.

Pinto's active interests included development of Nottingham's old Playhouse, the establishment of Nottingham University, and the setting up of the University's Department of Fine Art. He was himself an amateur artist and a regular contributor to annual exhibitions.

His published work reflected his range of interests. An edition of Charles Sedley (1639-1701) appeared in 1928, followed by a biographical sketch and critical study of the works of Peter Sterry (1613-1672) and a portrait of Rochester whose poems he later edited in 1935. Pinto's later work included The English Renaissance, Crisis in English Poetry and an edition of the collected works of Lawrence. In the year of his death was published The City that Shone. An autobiography. 1895-1922, which had been intended as the first volume of an account of his life.
Custodial HistoryThe main body of the collection was given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts by Professor Pinto in July 1961.
DescriptionThe collection includes early literary works which were collected from various sources by Vivian de Sola Pinto, and other material showing his research interests. It does not include any general correspondence received by Pinto or any academic or administrative papers which would help to explain the significant role he undoubtedly had in University College Nottingham and, from 1948, in the University of Nottingham. The following elements make up the principal items in the collection:

Manuscript quarto volume, in limp vellum, bearing in indistinct hand the identification 'Samuel Brentniell his book Anno Dom. 16[??]'. It seems to have been originally used as a commonplace book, with pages divided into columns and some clearly headed by words in Latin, in alphabetical order. Much of this text is in Latin or, occasionally, Greek, in very compressed hand, possibly for student reference. There are several hands present, and apparently several purposes of writing.

At some stage the volume has been turned upside down, and copies of poems fill what were presumably empty spaces. The handwriting is extremely small and cramped throughout the volume and considerable research would be required to make a thorough analysis of the contents. Named authors of copied texts include: Stephen Duck, Richard Savage, Mr Garrick, Mr Marriot, Mr Doddes, Mrs Bellamy, and John Lockman. A leaf of paper in a 19th-century hand containing a poem to 'Meliora' is enclosed (MS 141/1).

Manuscript volume, in detached boards with marbled covers; undated but apparently early 19th century; index at end. The first section is entitled 'Rowallan Manuscripts'. It opens with a manuscript copy of 'The Historie and Descent of the House of Rowallane', a family history published in 1825 and compiled from papers written by Sir William Mure sometime before his death in 1657. The rest of the volume consists of songs, epitaphs, sonnets, poems and elegies which may have been transcribed from manuscripts of the Mure family. The named poems are: 'Love and Ressoune', 'Beautie's Epitaph', 'Dido and Aeneas', 'The Joy of Tears', 'The Challenge The Reply', and 'The Whigg's Supplication', the last by Samuel Colvil.

The volume has been in the possession of D. Donaldson, who added several pencil annotations to it, and Thomas Lyle. Enclosed in the volume are two letters to Pinto from members of the Scottish Tert Society in 1939 concerning the volume (MS 141/2).

Manuscript volume bound in red leather, compiled between about 1740 and 1791, in the hand of one unidentified author. It contains poetic songs, epitaphs and sonnets on a variety of subjects. It is not known whether any of this poetry was composed by the compiler of the volume. Some are identified as copies of poems appearing in manuscripts at Westminster Abbey and Queens College Oxford and sonnets of Shakespeare, while others seem inspired by literature and historical works read by the compiler and events and places that he or she visited. They include poems about love, fortitude, poetry, Bewdly, Sir Richard Greenvile, and cock fighting. The volume also contains the copy of a description of making tar water by Bishop Berkeley (MS 141/3).
MgtGroupLiterary and cultural records
Personal papers
ArrangementNo archival arrangement has been necessary.
TermEnglish poetry - 18th century
English poetry - 19th century
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionBroken spine on MS 141/2
Related MaterialOther archive collections containing manuscripts relating to Professor Pinto are recorded on The National Archives Discovery catalogue
The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Professor Pinto's work on D.H. Lawrence led to the acquisition of a number of photographic and manuscript items which now form part of the Lawrence Collection. There is also extensive correspondence of his relating to the 1960 Nottingham Lawrence exhibition. Reference: La S 2/1.
The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Papers and correspondence of Reginald M. Hewitt (1887-1948), Professor of English at University College Nottingham, 1910-1953. These papers were collected by Professor Pinto during the preparation of a 1955 book about Hewitt. Pinto then gave them to the University. Reference: MS 133
Letters from Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938) to Professor Vivian de Sola Pinto (1895-1969); c.1929-1938 (MS 826)
Related RecordLa/S/2/1

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA381Pinto; Vivian de Sola (1895-1969); Professor; professor of English, Nottingham University1895-1969
NA75890Mure family; family; of Rowallan
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