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Finding Aid for the William Matthews papers, 1940-1974
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Description
William Richard Matthews (1905-1975) was born in London, England. He was an English professor at UCLA and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. His published works include Cockney Past and Present: A Short History of the Dialect of London, comp. (with Roy Harvey Pearce), American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of American Diaries Written Prior to the Year 1861 (1945); comp., British Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of British Diaries Written Between 1442 and 1942 (1950), editor (with Robert Latham), Samuel Pepys, The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A New and Complete Transcription (1970-74). The collection consists of manuscripts, research materials, correspondence, photographs, speeches, tape recording, ephemera, reprints of articles, and subject files.
Background
William Richard Matthews was born on June 25, 1905 in London, England; BA (with honours, 1929), MA (with distinction, 1931), Ph.D (1934), Birkbeck College, London; served as a tutor in the Diplomatic and Indian Civil Service, 1934-37; lectured in English at Westfield College (1936) and Birkbeck College (1937); came to the US in 1938, where he was an instructor in English at the University of Wisconsin (1938-39); assistant professor (1939-41), associate professor (1941-48), professor (1948-72), and professor emeritus (1972-75) of English, UCLA; director of Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1970-72; president, International Association of University Professors of English (1971-74), fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of council, Modern Language Association of America (1966); president, Philological Association of the Pacific Coast (1964-66); awarded UCLA distinguished teaching award, 1967; published works include Cockney Past and Present: A Short History of the Dialect of London, comp. (with Roy Harvey Pearce), American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of American Diaries Written Prior to the Year 1861 (1945); comp., British Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of British Diaries Written Between 1442 and 1942 (1950), editor (with Robert Latham), Samuel Pepys, The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A New and Complete Transcription (1970-74); he died on June 10, 1975 in Los Angeles.
Extent
31 boxes (15.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.