Papers of Professor M. Michael Lewis (d 1971), Director, Institute of Education, University of Nottingham

Scope and Content

The collection consists of notes, articles and typescripts of various books on linguistic development and illiteracy, as well as tests connected with Professor Lewis' research with deaf children.

Additional material relating to this collection and to that of Professor Lewis's wife, the novelist Hilda Lewis, (See GB 159 Lw H) has been accessioned and awaits cataloguing.

Administrative / Biographical History

After studying at University College, London, Lewis came to the then University College, Nottingham in the 1920s. In 1940 he was appointed Vice-Principal of Goldsmith's College, London but returned to Nottingham seven years later. He was Director of the Institute of Education in the University from 1947 until his retirement in 1963. During this time he undertook a great deal of research into language and the development of speech in children, with particular reference to deaf children. He continued to write until his death in 1971.


Material has been listed as found.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 8 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 8 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The papers were received by Nottingham University Library from relatives of Professor Lewis in 1974.