Albert Hugh Smith Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of Arthur Smith including notes on 'Sir Launfal' by Thomas Chestre, ts. of book; glossary; miscellaneous research notes on early English poetry.

Administrative / Biographical History

Albert Hugh Smith: born, 1903; educated at Rishworth School, Yorkshire, and the University of Leeds; BA (Leeds), 1924; PhD (Leeds), 1926; Vaughan Fellow, University of Leeds, 1924-1926; Lecturer in English, Saltley College, Birmingham, 1926-1928; English Lecturer, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1928-1930; Lecturer, English Department, University College London, 1930-1934; Reader in English, University College London, 1934-1949; DLitt (London), 1937; Director of Scandinavian Studies, University College London, 1946-1963; OBE, 1947; Quain Professor of English Language and Literature, University College London, 1949-1967; Secretary of the Communications Research Centre, Chairman of the Library Committee, and served on other bodies at University College London; Director of the English Place-Name Society from 1951; Chevalier, Swedish Order of the Royal North Star, 1954; Chevalier, Icelandic Order of the Falcon, 1956; President of the Viking Society, 1956; awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Uppsala, 1962; Hon DLitt (Sheffield), 1963; Chevalier, Danish Order of the Dannebrog, 1963; President, International Conference of Scandinavian Literature, 1963-1966; Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Prize, British Academy, 1965; President, International Committee of Onomastic Sciences, 1966-1967; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; member of various academic societies in Scandinavia and the USA; died, 1967; awarded an honorary doctorate posthumously by the University of Liège.


'The Heimskringla' (1932)

'A description of the hand-press in the Department of English at University College, London' (privately printed, Department of English, University College London, 1933)

'Three Northumbrian Poems' (1933)

'The Parker Chronicle' (1936)

'Place-Names of the East Riding' (English Place-Name Society, 1937)

'The Photography of Manuscripts' (1938)

'Facsimile of the Parker Chronicle' (Early English Text Society, 1940)

'Odham's English Dictionary' (1946)

'The Preparation of County Place-Name Surveys' (1954)

'English Place-Name Elements' (2 volumes, English Place-Name Society, 1955)

'Edited Aspects of Translation' (1958); as joint editor, The Teaching of English (1959)

'Place-Names of the West Riding' (8 volumes, 1961)

'Place-Names of Gloucestershire' (4 volumes, 1964)

Many articles in Viking Society 'Saga Book', 'London Mediaeval Studies', and elsewhere

Joint editor, with F Norman, of 'Namn och Bygd' (Methuen's Old English Library)

Joint editor, with F Norman and G Kane, of 'London Mediaeval Studies'.

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Deposted in 1994 by the UCL English Department.

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