The Rolph papers comprise two main categories. The first comprises papers relating to Rolph's writing of Kingley Martin's biography includes correspondence from before and after its publication. The second relates more generally to Rolph's association with the New Statesman . It includes copies of Rolph's articles, and files on legal queries sent in by readers, addressing topics such as mental health laws, immigration issues and suspected discrimination against gay men in the Armed Forces.
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Administrative / Biographical History
Cecil Rolph Hewitt (1901-1994), who wrote under the pen-name C. H. Rolph, was born in London. After working as an accountant for five years, he served with the City of London Police, 1921-46, leaving with the rank of Chief Inspector. He was on the editorial staff of the New Statesman from 1947 to 1970 and was a director from 1965 to 1980. He wrote the official biography of its editor from 1931 to 1960, Kingsley: The life, letters and diaries of Kingsley Martin (Gollancz, 1973)). As a journalist, he specialised in legal issues; and he was a member of the Parole Board (1967-69) and a Vice-President of the Howard League for Penal Reform.
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Given by C. R. Hewitt in August 1989
Prepared by John Farrant, September 2002.
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