Rutherford, Andrew

Scope and Content

Papers of Professor Andrew Rutherford, including material relating to the teaching of literature at University level, such as lectures dating from his time at the University of Aberdeen, and reports to the British Council on his lecturing tours abroad; documents concerning the admission of Goldsmith's College as a School of the University of London; appointment diaries and a file of speeches made while Vice-Chancellor of the University of London; research material compiled by Rutherford relating to his book book The literature of war: five studies in heroic virtue (Macmillan, 1978) and his editorship of seven volumes of Kipling's stories and poetry , most notably Early verse by Rudyard Kipling (Oxford University Press, 1986), comprising working notes, photocopies, correspondence and drafts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Rutherford was born in Sutherland in 1929. He was educated at Helmsdale School, George Watson's Boys' College, the University of Edinburgh and Merton College, Oxford University. From 1952 to 1953 he served with the Seaforth Highlanders, remaining a member of the 11th Bn (TA) until 1958. Rutherford was appointed Assistant Lecturer (1955) and Lecturer in English (1956-1964) at the University of Edinburgh; in 1964 he moved to the University of Aberdeen where he was Senior Lecturer, 1964, Professor of English, 1965-1968, and Regius Professor of English Literature, 1968-1984. During this period he was a member of the University Court, 1978-1984; Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 1979-1982; and Senior Vice-President, 1982-1984. Rutherford left Aberdeen and became Warden of Goldsmith's College from 1984 to 1992, also serving as a Professor of the University of London, 1988-1992, and a member of its Court, 1990-1992. He retired in 1992, but returned to the University of London to serve as Vice-Chancellor from 1994 to 1997. He died in 1998. Andrew Rutherford wrote widely on subjects relating to English literature, most notably on Byron, on literature and war and on Kipling.



Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to some files may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Given by the family in 1998.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description, box list of contents.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.


Early verse by Rudyard Kipling (Oxford University Press, 1986).