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Smith (Albert Hugh) Slide Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 SMITH
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Smith (Albert Hugh) Slide Collection
Date(s): [20th century]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Smith | Albert Hugh | 1903-1967 | Professor of English
Brown | Arthur | 1921-1979 | Professor of English


Administrative/Biographical history:

Albert Hugh Smith: born, 1903; educated at Rishworth School, Yorkshire, and the University of Leeds; BA (Leeds), 1924; PhD (Leeds), 1926; Vaughan Fellow, University of Leeds, 1924-1926; Lecturer in English, Saltley College, Birmingham, 1926-1928; English Lecturer, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1928-1930; Lecturer, English Department, University College London, 1930-1934; Reader in English, University College London, 1934-1949; DLitt (London), 1937; Director of Scandinavian Studies, University College London, 1946-1963; OBE, 1947; Quain Professor of English Language and Literature, University College London, 1949-1967; Secretary of the Communications Research Centre, Chairman of the Library Committee, and served on other bodies at University College London; Director of the English Place-Name Society from 1951; Chevalier, Swedish Order of the Royal North Star, 1954; Chevalier, Icelandic Order of the Falcon, 1956; President of the Viking Society, 1956; awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Uppsala, 1962; Hon DLitt (Sheffield), 1963; Chevalier, Danish Order of the Dannebrog, 1963; President, International Conference of Scandinavian Literature, 1963-1966; Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Prize, British Academy, 1965; President, International Committee of Onomastic Sciences, 1966-1967; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; member of various academic societies in Scandinavia and the USA; died, 1967; awarded an honorary doctorate posthumously by the University of Liège. Publications: The Heimskringla (1932); A description of the hand-press in the Department of English at University College, London (privately printed, Department of English, University College London, 1933); Three Northumbrian Poems (1933); The Parker Chronicle (1936); Place-Names of the East Riding (English Place-Name Society, 1937); The Photography of Manuscripts (1938); Facsimile of the Parker Chronicle (Early English Text Society, 1940); Odham's English Dictionary (1946); The Preparation of County Place-Name Surveys (1954); English Place-Name Elements (2 volumes, English Place-Name Society, 1955); edited Aspects of Translation (1958); as joint editor, The Teaching of English (1959); Place-Names of the West Riding (8 volumes, 1961); Place-Names of Gloucestershire (4 volumes, 1964); many articles in Viking Society Saga Book, London Mediaeval Studies, and elsewhere; joint editor, with F Norman, of Namn och Bygd (Methuen's Old English Library); joint editor, with F Norman and G Kane, of London Mediaeval Studies.

Arthur Brown: born, 1921; educated at Urmston Grammar School; undergraduate, Department of English, University College London, 1939-1941; served in the Royal Air Force, 1941-1946; undergraduate, Department of English, University College London, 1946-1947; BA, 1947; Quain Student, Department of English, University College London, 1947-1950; MA, 1949; Lecturer, Department of English, University College London, 1950-1956; Commonwealth Fund Fellow, mainly at Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, Huntington Library, California, libraries of Harvard and Yale, and Universities of Texas and Virginia, 1953-1954; Reader in English, University College London, by conferment of title, 1956-1962; Foyle Research Fellow, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon (University of Birmingham), 1958-1959; General Editor, The Malone Society, 1961-1971; Professor of English, University College London, by conferment of title, 1962-1969; DLitt, 1965; Senior Fellow, South Eastern Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, North Carolina, 1966; Professor of Library Studies and Director of School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, 1969-1973; Fellow of University College London, 1971; Commonwealth Visiting Professor of English, Sydney University, 1972; Professor of English, Monash University, Victoria, Australia, from 1973; President, Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 1974-1976; hobbies included amateur printing; died, 1979. Publications include: A Whole Theatre of Others (1960); Edmond Malone and English Scholarship (1963); edited, with P G Foote, Early English and Norse Studies (1963); articles and studies in Modern Language Review, Modern Language Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey, The Library, Studies in Bibliography, Year's Work in English Studies, Philological Quarterly, and elsewhere. Editor (alone and in collaboration) of numerous volumes for the Malone Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Glass slides illustrating the history of printing presses from 15th century Europe onwards, collected from various sources by Albert Hugh Smith and Arthur Brown for use in a proposed illustrated work which was never completed. The slides may date from between the 1940s and the 1960s, when both Smith and Brown were employed at University College London.

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Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the English Department at University College London.

Allied Materials

Related material:

University College London Special Collections also holds papers of Arthur Hugh Smith, including notes and a typescript on the poem Sir Launfal by Thomas Chestre, and a manuscript article 'The Allusive Character of Old English Poetry', 1930s (Ref: MS ADD 405). University College London Records Office holds Smith's student file (Ref: SR 288) and appointment file, Parts 1 and 2 (Ref: GO 1545, GO 1475).

Reading University Library holds Smith's notes relating to English place names, 1952 (Ref: MS 1148/16/71).

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who; University College London Annual Report 1966-1967, p 23; National Register of Archives. Compiled by Rachel Kemsley 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:
Jun 2001

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