Papers of James Findlay Hendry, 1912-1986, author, poet and translator

Scope and Content

Mainly press cutting reviews of his work, drafts of novels, notes and notebooks, audio cassettes. Accompanied by manuscript list of papers and typed list of Hendry's publications 1942-1989

Administrative / Biographical History

James Findlay Hendry was born in Glasgow on 12 September 1912. He was a student of modern languages at the  University of Glasgow, although he did not graduate. He served in the Intelligence Corps during World War II. He later held a temporary post at the University in the Institute of Soviet & East European Studies before becoming Head of School of Translating and Interpreting at Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada. Hendry was a founder of the New Apocalypse movement which also included G S Fraser and Norman MacCaig, and with Henry Treece he edited the movement's three anthologies, The New Apocalypse (1939 ), The White Horseman (1941 ) and Crown and Sickle (1944 ). and consist mainly of press cutting reviews of his work, drafts of novels, notes and notebooks, and audio cassettes. Included are over 500 letters, many from other poets, artists and authors such as Neil Gunn, Naomi Mitchison, Norman Maccaig, and Edwin Muir. After the war Hendry worked as a translator with the United Nations. In addition to his verse collections he wrote a novel, Fernie Brae (1947 ), which draws on his childhood memories. His other works include: Scottish Short Stories (1969 ); Marimarusa(1978 ); Your Career as a Translator and Interpreter (1980 ) and The Sacred Threshold: a Life of Rilke (1982). He died on 17 December  1986 .


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by James Findlay Hendry, via his daughter Dorothy Findlay Hendry and granddaughter Darya Findlay Hendry, Toronto, 1990.

Other Finding Aids

Details of descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue accessible from the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections, searching by the call number MS Gen 549.

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No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Special Collections.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

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Related Material

The collection is accompanied by 3 boxes of printed books

Location of Originals

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Additional Information

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 22 April 2005

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