Hale Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of John Rigby Hale including manuscript notes and research materials for 'Civilisation of Europe in the Renaissance'; papers relating to an unrealised project to publish a complete account of all European Renaissance fortifications, includes maps and photographs; offprints of articles by Hale with related notes and reference material; papers relating to Hale's lectures, TV and radio broadcasts; papers relating to the museums and galleries with which Hale was involved; correspondence, chiefly with publishers; biographical material relating to Hale's schooldays, Merchant Navy service, Oxford University, University of Warwick and University College London; honours, certificates and awards; photographs and three films from University College London Foundation days, 1981 and 1983 and press cuttings including reviews of Hale's publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1923; educated, Eastbourne College; war service in the merchant navy as a radio operator, 1941-1945; Jesus College, Oxford, 1945-1948; Commonwealth fellowship in the United States, 1948; fellowship and college tutorship in modern history at Jesus College, Oxford, [1949]-1964; founding chair of history at the University of Warwick, 1964-1969; visiting professorship at the University of California, Berkeley, 1969; chair of Italian at University College London, 1970-1988; Head of the Italian History Department, University College London, 1970-1985; Chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery, 1974-1980; Fellow of the British Academy, 1977; retired, 1988; died, 1999.

Publications: 'England and the Italian Renaissance' (1954)

'Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy' (1961)

'Renaissance Europe, 1480-1520' (1971)

'Renaissance War Studies' (1983)

'The Military Organisation of a Renaissance State: Venice, c.1400-1617' (1984)

'Artists and Warfare in the Renaissance' (1990)

'Civilisation of Europe in the Renaissance' (1993).


Original order.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Sheila Hale, Mar 2000.

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