Papers of Enid Hilton (1896-1992), friend of D.H. Lawrence, 1963-1987

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence (1963-87) from Enid Hilton in California to her friend Margaret Musgrave in England. The letters are mainly about her current life and interests, her work in America, everyday news, and, occasionally, her memories of Eastwood and of D.H. Lawrence. There is also a small series of letters to M. Musgrave from the Lawrence researcher R. Spencer concerning his meetings with E. Hilton in California.

A number of undated literary materials by Hilton (poems and lectures) are also present. These include reminiscences about William Hopkin, D.H. Lawrence, Alice Dax and other members of the Eastwood circle.

Biographical material about her consists chiefly of newscuttings from local papers in America, from 1957-77. This is complemented by newsprint material relating to Enid's father, William Hopkin, and D.H. Lawrence, 1972-85.

A series of photographs of Ukiah, California, and other parts of the state, with pictures of Enid's family and friends, is also included.

Administrative / Biographical History

Enid Hilton, daughter of William and Sallie Hopkin, was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire in 1896. Her father was an outspoken radical, at the centre of a circle that included local workers, artists and writers. He was an important early influence upon D.H. Lawrence who had a lasting affection for Hopkin and his family.

Enid Hopkin knew Lawrence as a child, and remained in contact after her marriage to Lawrence Hilton. She emigrated to the United States where she undertook social work among the native American communities in Ukiah, California.


Material is listed chronologically within series arranged by form (correspondence, literary papers, biographical material etc.).

Access Information

ACCESS: Access is restricted pending full processing of the items and final publication of the draft finding aid; selected material can be made available by special advance arrangement.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied of items for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents. In general, material less than thirty years old cannot be copied.

Other Finding Aids

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  • In the University of Nottingham Library: Draft Typescript Catalogue; 20 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The papers were given to the University library in 1988.

Related Material

  • D.H. Lawrence Collection, GB 159 La