Papers of Richard Albert Lewis (1915-2006)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of both printed and manuscript items, these being:

  • - Manuscript letters 1835-1854, probably copies and transcribed during Lewis's research, and between Nassau William Senior (1790-1864) and Richard Whately the Archbishop of Dublin (1787-1863)
  • - Manuscript, Minutes of Evidence, To the Chairman of the Committee appointed by the House of Commons to enquire into the present state of the Police of the Metropolis, Lyons Inn, 1 July 1828
  • - Manuscript, beginning Notes of objections to the proposed measure of recommending to parishes, having unemployed able-bodied paupers, to hire their labour to farmers to dig or fork the farmers land at ploughing prices
  • -Report on dwellings characterised by cheapness combined with the conditions necessary for health and comfort, by Edwin Chadwick. pp.79 (some damaged and missing)
  • - Sanitary principles of school construction, by Edwin Chadwick (1871)
  • - Report on the application of science and art. Street-paving and street-cleansing of the metropolis. pp.33
  • - Water supply of the metropolis, by Edwin Chadwick. pp.8

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Albert Lewis was from Smethwick, in the English Midlands. He was born in 1915. He studied history at the University of Birmingham, earning the degrees of B.A. and Ph.D. Lewis served in the Ordnance Corps and later the Education Corps during the Second World War, ending up in India just prior to partition in 1947.

Lewis was appointed as Lecturer in History at what was then known as University College of North Wales, Bangor (Coleg Prifysgol Gogledd Cymru). Latterly he had been Reader in History, University of Wales, Bangor (Prifysgol Cymru, Bangor). He wrote Edwin Chadwick and the public health movement 1832-1854 (1952).

Richard Albert Lewis died in 2006.

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Acquisition Information

Material received July 2007, Accession no: E2007.29.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using information obtained from the donor.

Other Finding Aids

None prepared for this collection.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections.