The papers of Mark Hovell (1888-1916), historian of Chartism.
The collection is mainly personal papers of Mark Hovell concerning his academic work between the years 1906-1915. It includes his undergraduate lecture notes, research notes and private correspondence between himself and his fiancée, Francis Gately, during his period at the University of Leipzig, Germany. There are a few additional items created after his death by family and acquaintances close to him, relating to his unfinished book, The Chartist Movement, including a cuttings book of reviews.
Besides Hovell's work and views on Chartism, the collection provides an insight into German life and higher eduction in the early 20th century from the perspective of a young English academic. Hovell's letters sent to his fiancée also provides glimpses of his views on international and colonial matters in the period immediately before the First World War. The collection contains Mark Hovell's thesis on Richard II and Ireland, which Tout deemed to be quite remarkable for an undergraduate work, and was considered to be worthy of publication (although in the event this did not happen). There is a small collection of letters from Sir Michael Sadler, professor of education at the University of Manchester, with whom Hovell seems to have been working in 1911. Finally, the papers include Hovell's research notes for The Chartist Movement, which are useful for showing the sources he used for his study.