Literary papers of Marjorie L. Hourd

Scope and Content

This small collection contains the following: one file of letters from Peter Abbs, Gryphon Press, Lewes, East Sussex, 1973-1980; one file of letters relating to the Peggy Volkov Memorial Prize, 1971-1975; one volume of manuscript notes on child development, n.d. [1970s]; one file of children's poetry entries, presumably for a festival or competition, n.d. [1970s]; one typescript article 'On creative thinking', n.d. [c 1974]; one commonplace book, c 1961; five notebooks containing educational and literary research notes and observations, n.d. [1970s]; one file of short stories and plays by MLH, 1930s; one file of correspondence with various publishing companies, also with letters from other writers and educationalists relating to publications, lectures etc., 1964-1977; one file of original poems, short essays, lecture notes etc., n.d. [1950s].

Administrative / Biographical History

Marjorie Lovegrove Hourd (fl 1949-1980) acquired her BA at the University of Bristol, as well as a BLitt from the University of Oxford. From 1953-1969, she was a Lecturer and subsequently Senior Lecturer in Education. She moved to Dartington in c 1971.

She was the author of the following educational works:

The education of the poetic spirit: a study in children's expression in the English lesson (1949); Some emotional aspects of learning (1951); Coming into their own: a study of the idiom of young children revealed in their verse writing (with Getrude E. Cooper) (1959); Relationship in learning (1972); On creative thinking (1974); and Children as writers, 3 : award-winning entries from the 17th Daily Mirror Children's Literary Competition [foreword] (1976).


Retained in the arrangement of the creator.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Other Finding Aids

Not currently listed.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 18 April 2005, and encoded into EAD 3 June 2005.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Transferred from St. Luke's Library in April 2005. Presumably donated to the University on or following her departure/retirement in 1969.

Related Material

None known.


It is not known whether this collection has formed the basis for publication.