Edwin Wilcox Papers

Archive Collection
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 186 EW
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, Russian, German, and French.
  • Physical Description
      0.5 linear metres

Scope and Content

The papers nearly all relate to Russia and mainly consist of typescripts and offprints of Wilcox's published articles particularly from Fortnightly review including for example offcuts by Wilcox on Kerensky and Korniloff and Kerensky's responses (Fortnightly review September-December 1918).

There is some correspondence including a Russia related letter from A.I. Guchov to Wilcox in 1935, on the death of Guchov's brother [in Russian], letters from Irene Ward, 1942 and letters from E.C. Bentley to Wilcox written from the Daily News and later The Daily Telegraph offices, 1908-1923. E.C. Bentley was the author of Trent's last case and the inventor of the clerihew and he remained in contact with Wilcox for many years, although there are no extant letters later than 1923.

The collection includes a number of rare pamphlets, including B.V. Savinkov, Za rodinu i svobodu, Warsaw, 1920.

The papers include photographs relating to his time in Russia as well as personal and family photographs and personal and family correspondence, bills and receipts etc. relating to the last few years of his life spent in Newcastle upon Tyne whilst living at the Gordon and later, Cairns Hotel.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edwin H. Wilcox was a newspaper correspondent in Russia during the 1917 Revolution and civil war and sent regular articles to The Daily Telegraph and to contemporary journals.

He had lived and worked as The Daily Telegraph correspondent in Berlin before he went to Russia and returned to Berlin in 1919, eventually retiring in 1940 after a short stint in Paris. He regularly contributed to journals including the Fortnightly review. He spoke Russian, German and French and wrote articles in these languages, as well as publishing two books on political and social issues.

In his latter life he lived in Newcastle upon Tyne and died in 1947.

Wilcox's publications (besides his many published articles) :

German sea-power, its rise, progress, and economic basis by Archibald Hurd and Henry Castle [pseud. for Wilcox] (1914); Russia's ruin (1919).


The papers have not yet been catalogued. A brief handlist of the material is available, but see below for access conditions.

Conditions Governing Access

As the papers are not fully catalogued, limited access only is open to bona fide researchers; appointment in advance and proof of identity required.

Acquisition Information

Material bequeathed by E.H. Wilcox in 1947.


Description complied by Helen Arkwright, Manuscripts and Archives Librarian, February 2002.

Other Finding Aids

The papers have not been catalogued, although a brief handlist is available in the Enright Reading Room ref. : EW

Conditions Governing Use


The library can provide photocopies (to a limit of 30 at any one time) for educational and private research purposes, provided the condition of the document does not prevent copying. Alternatively, photographic or digital images can be produced for educational and private research purposes. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for further advice (email: lib-specenq@ncl.ac.uk)


Permission to make published use of any material from Special Collections must be sought in writing from the Special Collections Librarian (email: lib-specenq@ncl.ac.uk) and from the copyright owner if appropriate. The library will assist where possible with the identification of copyright owners, but the responsibility to obtain copyright clearance rests with the user.

Related Material

E.H. Wilson also bequeathed nearly 400 volumes of books of Russian and French literature to the University Library in 1947. The volumes were integrated into the library's general literature collection, but many have since been disposed of.


No known publications on Wilcox, although he is mentioned in E.C. Bentley's autobiography Those days (London : Constable, 1940).