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

  • Speeches, broadcasts, articles and addresses and related papers, 1919-1964;
  • Industrial disputes papers, 1940-1960;
  • University of Glasgow Principal's files, 1936-1961.

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


Acquisition Information

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

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

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


None expected

Related Material

GB 0248 DC 199/362-363 The Morality of States & Individuals, Gartmore Gold Medal winning essay 1909 by Hector Hetherington and The bubjective and objective tendencies in recent philosophy, University Silver Medal winning essay 1909.

GB 0141 DC 205, D683 Correspondence and papers 1927-1936 (Liverpool University Special Collections and Archives)

GB 0098 NRA 18379 1950-1953 Correspondence with Lord Jackson 1950-1953 (Imperial College London Archives)

GB 0210 NRA 30994 Letters to Thomas Jones 1917-1933 (National Library of Wales)

GB 0134 NRA 18162 Letters to Manchester Guardian 1950-1954 (John Rylands Library, Manchester University)

GB 0097 NRA 30246 letters to Violet Markham 1937-1957 (British Library of Economic and Political Science)

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Material in other repositories: no material associated by provenance

Location of Originals

This material is original


Illingworth, Sir Charles,University Statesman: Sir Hector Hetherington ( Glasgow , George Outram  , 1971  )

Additional Information

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.

Geographical Names