Hugh Fraser Stewart and family: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters and papers relating to the life and career of Hugh Fraser Stewart and to the lives of the members of his family. The papers include correspondence of Stewart's wife Jessie, and of her father, mother and sisters. There is also correspondence of Stewart's brother-in-law Francis Jenkinson, as well as papers acquired by Stewart for his Memoir of the late librarian, published in 1926. The Stewart and Crum families's shared interest in music is represented in the form of letters from the composers Sir Hubert Parry and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford.

I. Ludovick Charles Stewart

A. Letters from Ludovick Stewart to his wife Emma; B. letters from Emma Stewart to her husband Ludovick; C. correspondence of Margaret Clifford Stewart; D. miscellaneous correspondence to or concerning Emma Stewart; E. further letters of Ludovick Stewart to his wife; F. further letters from Emma Stewart to her husband; G. miscellaneous correspondence; H. further letters from Ludovick Stewart to his wife Emma; J. further letters from Emma Stewart to her husband Ludovick; K. further miscellaneous correspondence; L. miscellaneous papers relating to Ludovick Stewart; M. further papers relating to the life of Ludovick Stewart; O. letters from Stewart to Emma Ray, his fiancee.

II. Hugh Fraser Stewart

A. Miscellaneous correspondence to Stewart; B. letters from various correspondents to others, most concerning Stewart; C. correspondence from Stewart to various correspondents; D. miscellaneous correspondence to Stewart (mostly foreign); E. printed material; F. material relating to Stewart's visits to foreign universities, including several Belgian institutions, Grenoble, and Lausanne; G. papers relating to Paul Claudel; H. miscellaneous lecture notes by Hugh Fraser Stewart and his daughter Jean Stewart; I. Miscellaneous material; J. correspondence concerning the death of Hugh Fraser Stewart, 1948; K. music: papers relating to the Cambridge University Musical Society; L. papers of and correspondence with Edward Kennet Rand; M. letters from Frank L. Norris, Anglican Bishop in North China, to Stewart, who was his contemporary at Trinity; N. letters of John E.B. Mayor; O. letters to Stewart on his eightieth birthday, 1943.

III. Francis John Henry Jenkinson

A. Miscellaneous correspondence to Jenkinson, including material relating to his work as the Librarian of Cambridge University Library; B. miscellaneous correspondence from Jenkinson to others; C. letters to Eleanor Jenkinson from Jenkinson; D. letters from Jenkinson to his father, John Henry Jenkinson, including enclosures to his sister Elizabeth and to Ann Hustler; E. miscellaneous Jenkinson correspondence; F. miscellaneous material.

IV. Margaret Clifford Stewart Jenkinson

A. Personal correspondence from others, including letters of sympathy on the death of her husband; B. letters of sympathy on the death of Margaret Jenkinson, 1933, addressed to her brother and sister-in-law, Hugh and Jessie Stewart.

V. Mary Campbell Crum

A. Miscellaneous writings; B. printed matters; C. letters sent; D. letters received; E. correspondence from Germany, 1905; F. miscellaneous material; G. other correspondence, the connection to Mary Crum not always clear.

VI. Edith G.E. Crum

A. Letters from various correspondents.

VII. William Graham Crum

A. Letters from various correspondents, including letters of sympathy to William and Jean Mary Campbell Crum on the death of Mary Campbell Crum in September 1911; B. letters of sympathy received on the death of his wife, November 1915; C. letters to his sister Jessie; letters to his son Major Frederick Maurice Crum.

VIII. Jean Mary Campbell Crum

A. Letters from various correspondents, including letters of condolence on the death of Mary Campbell Crum; B. letters from Jean Mary Campbell Crum to family members, 1864-1865.

IX. Katharine Fraser Stewart

A. Letters from various correspondents.

X. Margaret Campbell Stewart

A. Letters from various correspondents.

XI. Jean Margaret Stewart

A. Letters from various correspondents (English); B. Letters from various correspondents (foreign).

XII. Frideswide Stewart

A. Letters from various correspondents.

XIII. Ludovick Drummin Stewart

A. Letters from various correspondents.

XIV. Jessie Stewart (Additional Correspondence)

A. Letters from various correspondents; B. letters from French friends; C. letters of congratulation on her engagement and marriage to Hugh Fraser Stewart, 1902; D. letters from Hugh Fraser Stewart prior to their marriage.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hugh Fraser Stewart (1863-1948) was the son of Surgeon-General Ludovick Charles Stewart (1819-1888) and his wife Emma (ne Ray). Stewart matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1883, taking the BA degree in 1886. After six years as a schoolmaster at Marlborough, during which time he brought out a much-admired study of Boethius, and four further years as vice-principal of Salisbury Theological College, he returned to Trinity in 1899 as chaplain, and was subsequently dean of St John's College from 1907-1918. Stewart was admitted fellow of Trinity in 1918, and over the next three decades contributed greatly to the establishment of the modern languages tripos in Cambridge, particularly during his twenty-two years as University Reader in French, 1922-1944. By the end of his life he had become internationally acknowledged as a leading authority on Blaise Pascal, publishing extensively on the subject. Stewart was also a Fellow of Eton from 1919 until his death, corresponding with the provost of the College and subsequent provost of King's, M.R. James, and was actively involved in the administration of the Cambridge University Musical Society.

In 1902 Stewart married Jessie Graham Crum (b. 1878), daughter of William Graham Crum (1836-1926) and Jean Mary Campbell Crum (d. 1915). They had five children: Ludovick Drummin Stewart; Jean Margaret Stewart (b. 1903); Katharine Fraser Stewart (b. 1906), known as 'Katten'; Frideswide Stewart, or 'Frida'; and Margaret Campbell Stewart (b. 1912). Stewart's sister Margaret Clifford Stewart Jenkinson (1858-1933), known as 'Daisy', was the second wife of Francis John Henry Jenkinson (1853-1923), Cambridge University Librarian, 1889-1923. Other family members represented in the papers include Jessie Stewart's siblings, Mary Campbell Crum (d. 1911), known as 'May', and Major Frederick Maurice Crum (1877-1955).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs Jessie Stewart, widow of Hugh Fraser Stewart, 1966.


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

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The papers were kept formerly at Malting House, Cambridge.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds Charles Stewart's letter book, MS.Add.8811, and further accessions of Stewart family papers, MSS.Add.9613 and 9614.