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Maurice Hewlett collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 60

Scope and Contents

This finding aid encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts and other papers, by or pertaining to Maurice Hewlett, acquired by the library from a variety of sources. Materials incorporated into the collection prior to May 1999 have been organized into four series. Series I, Charles Parsons Gift (1892-1930), includes letters from Hewlett to Sir John Collings Squire and others, third party correspondence, and writings of Hewlett. Series II, Philip Neufeld Gift (1896-1916), contains letters from Hewlett, and writings of Hewlett including drafts of his Song of the Plow. Series III, Bertram Rota Purchase (1909-1923), contains letters and writings by Hewlett. Series IV, Materials from Other Sources (1912-1923), contains letters from Hewlett.


  • 1892-1930


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Portfolio: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Maurice Hewlett Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded on the folders. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


1 Linear Feet ((3 boxes) + 1 portfolio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Collection contains letters by Maurice Hewlett to various recipients, including Sir John Collings Squire, and some third party correspondence. Also in the collection are holograph and typescript writings by Hewlett including his Song of the Plow, an obituary of Hewlett and a collotype of Hewlett by Alvin Langdon Coburn.


Maurice Hewlett was born in Weybridge, Surrey, England on 22 January 1861, the oldest child of Henry G. Hewlett, the keeper of the royal land revenue records, and Emmeline Mary Knowles Hewlett. Hewlett attended school at the Sevenoaks grammar school, Palace School in Enfield, and International College in Spring Grove, Isleworth. He joined his cousin's law office in 1878, and in 1888 married Hilda Beatrice Herbert, with whom he had two children. He succeeded his father in the post of keeper of land revenue records from 1897 until 1900.

In 1898 Hewlett published The Forest Lovers, which brought him wide renown. He dedicated the rest of his life to his writing, publishing historical fiction, poetry, essays and plays. His more widely known works include Earthwork out of Tuscany (1895), The Life of Richard Yea-and-Nay (1900), and The Song of the Plow (1916). Hewlett died in 1923.

Processing Information

This finding aid is updated periodically to account for new materials that have been added to the collection. The date of the most recent update is noted on the title page. For information on material that may have been acquired for the collection since the last update, please consult the Public Service Desk.

Guide to the Maurice Hewlett Collection
by Kathryn Rawdon
May 1999
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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