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HANS, Nicholas (1888-1969)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 NH
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: HANS, Nicholas (1888-1969)
Date(s): 1906-1969
Level of description: collection
Extent: 14 boxes
Name of creator(s): Hans | Nicholas | 1888-1969 | educationist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Nicholas Hans (1888-1969) was born in Russia and studied, and later lectured, in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Odessa during the turbulent decades following 1905. He participated in political life in Odessa during and after the 1917 Revolution, serving as a member of the City Council from 1918. In 1919 Hans left Russia for England and took up studies in the Department of Education, King's College, London. In the 1920s he began to work on the Year Book of Education, continuing this work until the outbreak of World War Two. During the War he worked as a civil servant in the Censorship Department of the Ministry of Information. In 1946 he was appointed as lecturer at King's College, becoming a Reader in Comparative Education in 1948. During this time he collaborated with Joseph Lauwerys at the Institute of Education in supervising higher degree students and arranging overseas trips, and he continued these activities after his retirement in 1953. He wrote and published on a wide range of topics, including comparative education, educational policy in Russia, and the history of Russian and eighteenth century education.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Nicholas Hans, including drafts of published works and manuscripts of unpublished essays and other writings; notebooks, including from his time at the University of Odessa, 1907-1912; correspondence, 1925-1969; personalia, including certificates and letters of reference and appointment, 1906-1969; papers relating to his position during the Russian Revolution of 1917; papers relating to teaching, 1948-1966; conference papers, 1936-1966; some collected papers by colleagues.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The collection was arranged and listed by Tom Inman in 1975 and what appears here is his list with a few very minor amendments. His arrangement and referencing system have been retained intact. He divided the collection into two main main parts, the first consisting of those papers written by Hans (Sections 1-3) and the second including those from other provenances (Sections 4-10). Within the different sections the papers were arranged either chronologically or by subject. Tom Inman also wrote, 'Part of the collection, consisting mainly of disordered fragments of drafts and of rough notes, required considerable rearrangement. As many of these papers as possible have been returned to what appeared to be their original order. A proportion of them, however, defied reorganisation and were therefore included in the folders of miscellaneous and fragmentary material which appear at the end of some of the sections.'

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were bequeathed to the Institute of Education Library by Nicholas Hans.

Allied Materials

Related material:

A number of unpublished items, in typescript, are bound with published articles in the volume Essays on Comparative Education. They have therefore been listed in the catalologue of printed books, under Nicholas Hans' name.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 06/8/1999, modified 12/5/2000

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