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ROLPH, Cecil Hewitt, 1901-1994, journalist and criminologist: AEGIS (Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions) papers


Reference code(s): GB 0097 ROLPH/AEGIS

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: ROLPH, Cecil Hewitt, 1901-1994, journalist and criminologist: AEGIS (Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions) papers

Date(s): [1964-1975]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 boxes, 5 files

Name of creator(s): Hewitt | Cecil Rolph | 1901-1994 | pseudonym Cecil Hewitt Rolph | journalist and criminologist
AEGIS | Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1901; educated in London state schools; officer in the City of London Police, 1921-1946 (reaching Chief-Inspector); Editorial Staff, The New Statesman, 1947-1970; Editor, The Author, 1956-1960; Director, The New Statesman, 1965-1980; Member of the Parole Board, 1967-1969, and the Council of the Society of Authors; contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Chambers Encyclopedia, Punch, The Week-End Book, The New Law Journal, the Times Literary Supplement, The Author, and The Nation. Hewitt wrote under the professional name of Cecil Hewitt Rolph, and was well-known as a crusading journalist on issues such as censorship and capital punishment. Publications: Police Duties. 200 points in police law with an appendix of examination questions (Police Review Publishing Co, London, 1936); A Licensing Handbook (Police Review Publishing Co, London, 1947); editor of Women of the Streets. A sociological study of the common prostitute (Secker & Warburg, London, 1955); Hanged by the Neck: an exposure of capital punishment in England (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1961); The Trial of Lady Chatterley: Regina v. Penguin Books Limited. The transcript of the trial (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1961); Before the Beak (Newman Neame Take Home Books, London, 1958); Believe what you like. What happened between the Scientologists and the National Association for Mental Health (Andre Deutsch, London, 1973); Books in the dock (André Deutsch, London, 1969); Common Sense about Crime and Punishment (Victor Gollancz, London, 1961); editor of Does Pornography matter? (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1961); Kingsley: The life, letters and diaries of Kingsley Martin (London, Gollancz, 1973); Living twice: an autobiography (Victor Gollancz, London, 1974); Mental Disorder: A brief examination of the Report of the Royal Commission on the Law relating to Mental Illness and Mental Deficiency, 1954-1957 (National Association for Mental Health, London, 1958); Personal Identity (Michael Joseph: London, 1957); The Law is yours (Daily Mirror, London, 1964); The Police and the Public (Heinemann, London, 1962); Letters to both women (Wilton 65, Bishop Wilton, 1990); As I was saying (Police Review, London, 1985); The Police (Wayland, Hove, 1980); The Queen's pardon (Cassell, London, 1978); London particulars (Oxford University Press, 1980); Further particulars (Oxford University Press, 1987); Mr Prone: a week in the life of an ignorant man (Oxford University Press, 1977). AEGIS (Aid to the Elderly in Government Institutions) was a pressure group set up by Barbara Robb (d 1976) in 1965 to campaign about the treatment of elderly people in the psychiatric and geriatric wards of British hospitals.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, [1964-1975], collated by Cecil Rolph Hewitt relating to the campaign of Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions (AEGIS), including correspondence with its founder, Barbara Robb, and other members, 1965-1969.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing access:

Closed until listed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details. No documents may be photocopied.

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Archival history:

The first accession of papers was given by Sebastian Garman in 1991, and consisted of material lent to him by Hewitt for research purposes. The second accession was deposited by Cecil Rolph Hewitt in 1994.

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Related material:

The BLPES also holds the personal papers of Rolph Hewitt (Ref: Rolph), and the papers of the AEGIS campaign (Ref: AEGIS), as well as material relating to Rolph Hewitt in the Hall Carpenter papers (Ref: Albany Trust/4/4 and 4/11, Dyson/2, and Grey papers/1/7 and 2/4), the papers of the Royal Economic Society (Ref: Publications/Keynes Edition/9/7/11), and the papers of the Romney Street Group (Ref: 13/1). Sussex University Library holds correspondence and papers relating to the New Statesman and his biography of Kingsley Martin, (Ref: Sx Ms 55), and correspondence with Benn Wolfe Levy, 1969-1970 (Ref: Sx Ms 37/2/1); the British Library, London, holds letters to Gerald Austin Gardiner, Baron Gardiner of Kittisford, relating to capital punishment, 1955-1962 (Ref: Add MSS 56455-60).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2000

Old age | Age groups | Age distribution

Personal names
Hewitt | Cecil | Rolph | 1901-1994 | journalist and criminologist | pseudonym Cecil Hewitt Rolph x Rolph | Cecil Hewitt
Robb | Barbara | d 1975 | campaigner

Corporate names
AEGIS | Aid to the Elderly in Government Institutions x Aid to the Elderly in Government Institutions