Foster Papers

Scope and Content

Papers, c1887-1914, of Sir (Thomas) Gregory Foster, comprising correspondence, lectures, and miscellaneous manuscripts including 'Judith' and notes on English literature. There is also some additional correspondence relating to Charles Abeyedeera, 1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 10 June 1866; educated at University College School and University College London (UCL); graduated with honours in English Language and Literature, 1888; awarded the degree of PhD by Strasburg University for a thesis on the old English poem 'Judith', which was also published, 1892; taught in the English department at UCL as Quain student, 1894-1899; also Professor of English Language and Literature at Bedford College for Women, London, 1897-1900; Assistant Professor at UCL, 1900-1904; appointed Secretary to UCL, 1900; elected Principal, 1904; the title was changed to Provost, 1907; knighted, 1917; Vice-Chancellor of London University, 1928-1930; created a baronet, 1930; died in London, 24 September 1931.

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Related Material

University College London Special Collections also holds letters of Sir Thomas Gregory Foster relating to University College London, 1890-1923 (Ref: COLLEGE CORRESPONDENCE and UCL HISTORY); 31 letters to Karl Pearson, 1901-1929 (Ref: PEARSON); letters to William Strang, 1st Baron Strang (Ref: MS ADD 296); correspondence concerning membership of College Council, body of Governors and body of Fellows, 1901-1902 (Ref: MS ADD 115); miscellaneous other items of his correspondence, 1909, 1926-1927 (Ref: MS MISC 4A-C, 4F, 4M).

Cambridge University, Churchill Archives Centre, holds his correspondence with A V Hill, 1925-1928 (Ref: AVHL).