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Finding Aid for the William Matthews papers, 1940-1974
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Matthews papers
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1974
    Collection number: 509
    Creator: Matthews, William, 1905-
    Extent: 31 boxes (15.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: 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.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    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.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Professor William Matthews, 1974.
    • Gift of Lois Matthews, 1977.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William Matthews papers (Collection Number 509). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    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.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts, research materials, correspondence, photographs, speeches, tape recording, ephemera, reprints of articles, and subject files of UCLA English professor William Matthews. Manuscripts include American Diaries in Manuscript, The Ill-Framed Knight: A Skeptical Inquiry Into the Identity of Sir Thomas Malory, and The Diary of Samuel Pepys. Correspondents include Ray Bradbury, Christopher Isherwood, and Emmet Godfrey Lavery.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Matthews correspondence.
    2. Papers and books by others (Boxes 1-2).
    3. Background for Lacey.
    4. Bibliography of Autobiographies, Memoirs, and Diaries of Englishmen and Hindus in Overseas Empire (Box 2).
    5. American Diaries in Manuscript (Boxes 3-6).
    6. The Ill-Framed Knight: A Skeptical Inquiry Into the Identity of Sir Thomas Malory (Box 7).
    7. Material related to The Diary of Samuel Pepys (Box 8).
    8. Subject files (Boxes 8-12).
    9. Reprints of articles (Boxes 12-13).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Matthews, William, 1905- --Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles.--Dept. of English--Faculty --Archives.
    English teachers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.