Rolph Papers

Scope and Content

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.

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.

Access Information

Items in the collection may be consulted for the purpose of private study and personal research, within the controlled environment and restrictions of The Keep's Reading Rooms.

Acquisition Information

Given by C. R. Hewitt in August 1989


Prepared by John Farrant, September 2002.

Other Finding Aids

An online catalogue is available on The Keep's website .

Conditions Governing Use

COPIES FOR PRIVATE STUDY: Subject to copyright, conditions imposed by owners and protecting the documents, digital copies can be made.

PUBLICATION: A reader wishing to publish material in the collection should contact the Head of Special Collections, in writing. The reader is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.

Related Material

SxMs 11, Kingsley Martin Archive

SxMs 60, New Statesman Archive