- Speeches, broadcasts, articles and addresses and related papers, 1919-1964;
- Industrial disputes papers, 1940-1960;
- University of Glasgow Principal's files, 1936-1961.
Papers of Sir Hector James Wright Hetherington, 1888-1965; Knight, university vice-chancellor, Principal 1936-1961, Professor of Moral Philosophy 1924-1927, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Hector James Wright Hetherington was born on 21 July 1888 in Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland . He was educated at Dollar Academy and the University of Glasgow , Scotland, where he received an MA in 1909 , winning both the Gartmore Gold and University Silver medals for essays written that year. He lectured in Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University under Professor Sir Henry Jones from 1910-1914 and was warden of Glasgow University Settlement . He was appointed Professor of Logic & Philosophy at University College, Cardiff, Wales in 1915 where he stayed until his appointment as Principal and Professor of Philosophy at University College, Exeter, England in 1920 . He moved back to Glasgow in 1924 to take up the chair in Moral Philosophy until 1927. From 1927-1936 he was vice-chancellor at the University of Liverpool, England . The University of Glasgow appointed him Principal in 1936 where he stayed until his retirement in 1961 . He was widely acclaimed as a University administrator. He was awarded many honorary degrees including LLD (Glasgow) 1927 and honoured by many professional bodies such as the Royal Institute of British Architects . He was Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors & Principals from 1943-1947 and again from 1949-1952 . He chaired a number of other committees including the Colonial Universities Grants Committee from 1942-1948 . He was associated with many chaitable trusts including the Clyde Navigation Trust , the Women's Friendly Society of Scotland , the Carnegie Trust and the Stevenson Citizenship Trust . He was knighted in 1936 , KBE in 1948 and GBE in 1962 . He died in London on 15 January 1965 .
Source: University of Glasgow records and Dictionary of National Biography.
They collection is survey listed at file level
Conditions Governing Access
Received prior to the introduction of formal accessioning procedures
Other Finding Aids
Digital file level list available in searchroom
Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S) 1022) and London (NRA 18902)
Alternative Form Available
No known copies
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
None which affect the use of this material
Conditions Governing Use
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures
The papers were owned by Sir Hector Hetherington and his family before being deposited at Glasgow University Archives . The materials listed under the heading Principal's files came from Sir Hector's office on retirement and the remaining papers were deposited by the family after his death
Location of Originals
This material is original
Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names
Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.
Compiled by Moira MacKay, Assistant Archivist, 29 May 1997.
Updated by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, 25 February 2003
Updated by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 09 January 2008.
Amended by Sam Maddra, Assitant Archivist (cataloguing), 05 December 2013.