Literary and Personal Papers of Hilda Lewis, (1896-1974), novelist

Scope and Content

The collection largely consists of typescripts of the later novels written from 1966-1974, especially those featuring Mary Tudor. There are also notes for many of the earlier novels dating back to 1942. The few personal papers include letters of condolence on the death of her husband, Professor Michael Lewis.

Some additional material relating both to this collection and to Professor Lewis's papers (see GB 159 Lw M) has been accessioned and awaits cataloguing.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hilda Lewis (1896-1974) was born in London in 1896. She married Professor Michael Lewis (see GB 159 Lw M), later director of the Institute of Education, University of Nottingham, in 1921.

She shared an interest in her husband's work with teaching and training deaf children, and her 1947 novel, The Day is Ours, was the story of a deaf child. It received world wide acclaim and was later made into a film titled Mandy. However, Hilda Lewis was best known as one of Britain's leading historical novelists, her main focus being the Tudor period.


Material is arranged chronologically in sections for titles of literary works.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The University Library acquired the papers in 1974.