Hector and Nora Chadwick: Photographs and papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence, photographs of Hector and Nora Chadwick (some framed), newscuttings, and articles and other writing, including papers relating to the three volumes of the Chadwicks' The growth of literature (Cambridge University Press, 1932). The collection includes the volume A list of the published writings of Hector Munro Chadwick and of Nora Kershaw Chadwick presented to Nora Kershaw Chadwick on her eightieth birthday (1971), which contains a section on the H.M. Chadwick Centenary Luncheon at St John's College, Cambridge, 17 October 1970, with the signatures of those who attended.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hector Munro Chadwick (1870-1947), Anglo-Saxon scholar and historian, was born at Thornhill Lees, Yorkshire, on 22 October 1870. He attended grammar schools in Bradford, 1882-1883, and Wakefield, 1885-1889, before entering Clare College, Cambridge, in 1889. He became a Fellow of Clare in 1893, and was librarian, 1903-1911. Chadwick was Cambridge University lecturer in Scandinavian, 1910-1912, and Professor of Anglo-Saxon, 1912-1941. He married Nora Chadwick in 1922. He died in Cambridge on 2 January 1947.

Nora Kershaw Chadwick (1891-1972) was born at Great Lever, near Bolton, Lancashire, on 28 January 1891. She attended Stoneycroft School near Southport, Lancashire, before entering Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1910. She was a temporary lecturer in English language and assistant lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews, 1914-1919. In 1919 she began private research in Cambridge, where she was an Associate, 1923-1938, and Research Fellow, 1941-1944, at Newnham. Chadwick was university lecturer in the early history and culture of the British Isles, 1950-1958, and director of studies in Anglo-Saxon and Celtic subjects at Newnham, 1950-1959, and Girton, 1951-1962. She died in Cambridge on 24 April 1972.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by the executors of Mrs N.K. Chadwick, 1978.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to the Chadwick family, MS.Add.8387.


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