Hacker Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of Helga Hacker created while writing a biography of her father, Karl Pearson, [1920-1974]. Chiefly comprising transcripts of material in the Pearson papers held by University College London (UCL), notably on the 'Men and Women's Club' but also comprising original material including: press cuttings; notes from the Galton papers and on Galton's anthropometrical data; notes on Olive Schreiner transcripts; notes on 'Heritage' and 'Fanny and William'; notes on Karl Pearson's activities, 1881-1890; notes on Kasmiri language; notes on snails; manuscripts of essays of R J Parker; correspondence between Hacker and UCL Library; letters to Hacker on Olive Schreiner; description of Dr Kahn's anatomical museum and photograph of a graph of 'Curve of fertility in man'. Also includes five additional boxes of material (all copies) relating to Olive Schreiner, Karl Pearson, Maria Sharpe Pearson and the Pearson family transferred from the E S Pearson papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Helga Hacker was born in 1898, she was the youngest of the three children of Karl Pearson and his wife Maria Sharpe. She died in 1975.


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 the family.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy handlist, and additional box list, is available. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Related Material

The extent (22 boxes) includes 5 boxes of additional material (copies and transcripts) transferred from the E S Pearson papers in 2013. Order using the reference HACKER ADDITIONAL.