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MS Eng 1742

Hodson, Laurence W. Laurence W. Hodson papers, 1893-1969: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 1742
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hodson, Laurence W.
Title: Laurence W. Hodson papers,
Date(s): 1893-1969.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and Latin.
Abstract: Compositions and correspondence of British collector and philanthropist, Laurence W. Hodson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2012M-160, 2012M-161, 2012M-162, 2012M-163, 2012M-164, 2012M-165, 2012M-166. Purchase with Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for British Civilization; received: 2013 April 4. Purchased from the sale of "Books, manuscripts and artwork from the collection of Laurence W. Hodson ... sold at auction ... 2013." See curatorial file for additional information about lots at sale.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Laurence W. Hodson Papers, 1893-1969 (MS Eng 1742). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Laurence W. Hodson (1864–1933) was a wealthy British, West Midlands brewery owner, collector, and philanthropist. Following the death of his father in 1890, Hodson became a partner in the Springfield Brewery in Wolverhampton; he also inherited his father's estate, Compton Hall near Wolverhampton and commissioned Morris & Co. to refurbish the interior in 1896. He was a founder of Birmingham University, chairman of the Wolverhampton Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1902, and supporter of the Guild of Handicraft. Hodson was a close friend of William Morris and an admirer of the Kelmscott Press.
Constance Belliss was Hodson's wife Mary's cousin who worked for Hodson as a secretary and librarian, as well as organizer with John Masefield of the 1902 Wolverhampton exhibition.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes letters to Hodson from Douglas Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, Frederick James James Furnivall, H. C. Marillier, William Morris, Emery Walker, and many others. Also includes letters to Constance Belliss from Douglas Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, and Frederick James Furnivall.
Compositions include: autograph manuscript poem by G. J. Lawley celebrating the life of William Morris; Hodson's autograph manuscript notes on the Kelmscott and other Presses; his autograph manuscript for a sonnet sent as Christmas greetings, with the printed version, the autograph manuscript for his long poem "A Christmas Reverie", 1915; other autograph manuscripts by him for talks and book reviews; and other manuscript and printed material relating to the private presses.
Also includes materials dated after Hodson's death, apparently added to this collection by others.

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