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Queen Mary, University of London

WYLD, Professor Henry Cecil Kennedy (1870-1945)


Reference code(s): GB 0370 HW

Held at: Queen Mary, University of London

Title: WYLD, Professor Henry Cecil Kennedy (1870-1945)

Date(s): [1928-1945]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Wyld | Henry Cecil Kennedy | 1870-1945 | Professor of English Language and Literature


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1870; educated at Charterhouse, 1883-1885; privately educated in Lausanne, 1885-1888; Universities of Bonn, Heidelberg and Corpus Christi College, Oxford; B. Litt, 1899; English Language Lecturer, University College, Liverpool, 1899; Special Inspector of the Teaching of Phonetics in the Training Colleges of Scotland 1902-1910; Baines Professor of English Language and Philology, Liverpool University, 1904-1920; Merton Professor of English Language and Literature, Oxford University, 1920-1945; Fellow of Merton College Oxford, 1920-1945; British Academy Biennial Prize for contributions to the study of the English Language and Literature, 1932; published his Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1932; died, 1945.
Publications: include: Contributions to the History of the Guttural Sounds in English (1899); The Neglect of the Study of the English Language in the training of Teachers (University Press, Liverpool, 1904); The Historical Study of the Mother Tongue (John Murray, London, 1906); The Place of the Mother Tongue in National Education (John Murray, London, 1906); The Growth of English (John Murray, London, 1907); The Teaching of Reading in Training Colleges (John Murray, London, 1908); Elementary Lessons in English Grammar (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1909); The Place Names of Lancashire. Their origin and history with T Oakes Hirst (Constable & Co, London, 1911); Collected Papers of Henry Sweet (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1913); A Short History of English (John Murray, London, 1914); A History of Modern Colloquial English (T Fisher Unwin, London, 1920); South-Eastern and South-East Midland Dialects (1920); Studies in English Rhymes from Surrey to Pope. A chapter in the history of English (John Murray, London, 1923); Diction and Imagery in Anglo-Saxon Poetry (1925); Some aspects of the diction of English poetry (Basil Blackwell, 1933); The Universal Dictionary of the English Language Editor (Amalgamated Press, London, [1931, 32]); The Best English. A claim for the superiority of Received Standard English, together with notes on Mr. Gladstone's pronunciation (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1934).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of H C Wyld, relating to his work on poetic diction, [1928-1945], including draft chapters, 1930, entitled 'Diction and Style in English Poetry'; papers entitled 'On Translating Beowolf', 'Notes on some common English Christian names', 'Spenser's Poetic Diction in relation to that of Pope' and 'Philology: English Language', 1928 (Wyld had intended to produce a definitive volume on poetic diction, but the material left was not complete enough for publication).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist. Applications for copies for research or publication should be made to the Archivist: Main Library QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 7873, email:

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A draft list is available at the Library.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

In 1933 Wyld gave three lectures at Westfield College published as Some aspects of the diction of English poetry (Basil Blackwell, 1933). His connection with the College was through Dr Mary Serjeantson, who had worked with him on the Universal Dictionary. Professor Beatrice White succeeded Dr Serjeantson at Westfield and also worked with Wyld. On Wyld's death in 1945 the papers were in Professor White's possession.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to Westfield College by Professor Beatrice White in 1945


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Letters to Charles Talbot Onions 1927-1941, held by Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department (reference: Onions 455-68).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996, CD-ROM (A & C Black); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public on-line catalogue. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2001

Literary analysis | Literature
Poetry | Literary forms and genres | Literature

Personal names
Wyld | Henry Cecil Kennedy | 1870-1945 | Professor of English Language and Literature

Corporate names