Document ReferenceHil
TitlePapers of Enid Hilton (1896-1992), friend of D.H. Lawrence, 1963-1987
Extent1 box
AbstractThe collection chiefly contains correspondence and other papers sent by Enid Hilton, daughter of William Hopkin of Eastwood and a friend of D.H. Lawrence, to her friend Margaret Musgrave.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryEnid Hilton, daughter of William and Sallie Hopkin, was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire in 1896. Her father was an outspoken radical, at the centre of a circle that included local workers, artists and writers. He was an important early influence upon D.H. Lawrence who had a lasting affection for Hopkin and his family.

Enid Hopkin knew Lawrence as a child, and remained in contact after her marriage to Lawrence Hilton. She emigrated to the United States where she undertook social work among the native American communities in Ukiah, California.
Custodial HistoryThe papers were given to the University library in 1988.
DescriptionThe bulk of the collection comprises correspondence (1963-87) from Enid Hilton in California to her friend Margaret Musgrave in England. The letters are mainly about her current life and interests, her work in America, everyday news, and, occasionally, her memories of Eastwood and of D.H. Lawrence. There is also a small series of letters to M. Musgrave from the Lawrence researcher R. Spencer concerning his meetings with E. Hilton in California.

A number of undated literary materials by Hilton (poems and lectures) are also present. These include reminiscences about William Hopkin, D.H. Lawrence, Alice Dax and other members of the Eastwood circle.

Biographical material about her consists chiefly of newscuttings from local papers in America, from 1957-77. This is complemented by newsprint material relating to Enid's father, William Hopkin, and D.H. Lawrence, 1972-85.

A series of photographs of Ukiah, California, and other parts of the state, with pictures of Enid's family and friends, is also included.
MgtGroupLiterary and cultural records
Personal papers
MgtSubGroupD H Lawrence
Private papers
ArrangementMaterial is listed chronologically within series arranged by form (correspondence, literary papers, biographical material etc.).
TermEnglish literature - 20th century
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, King's Meadow Campus: Draft Typescript Catalogue; 20 pp Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied of items for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents. In general, material less than thirty years old cannot be copied.
Related MaterialThe University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Extensive holdings of literary papers, personal papers and other material relating to D.H. Lawrence (Ref: La)
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA337Hilton; Enid (1896-1992); Mrs; née Hopkin1896-1992
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA337Hilton; Enid (1896-1992); Mrs; née Hopkin1896-1992
NA340Musgrave; M. (-1988)-1988
NA3495Dax; Alice Mary (1878-1959); née Mills; married Richard Henry Dax 19501878-1959
NA3492Hopkin; William Edward (1862-1951); prominent figure in the political and intellectual life of Eastwood1862-1951
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