CollectionJohn Hewitt Collection
Collection DescriptionThe Collection comprises the personal library and literary archive of the poet John Hewitt which he bequeathed to the University. It is one of the most significant collections in the UK and Ireland, of modern and contemporary Irish literature and of the manuscript holdings in that literature. It is a unique resource for researchers particularly in Irish poetry but also in modern Irish culture, history and folklore. The Collection was catalogued after receipt of a £50,000 HEFCE grant in 1995. []
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Copies of miscellaneous letters, written to and from John and Roberta Hewitt are available in an Excel file through Ulster University Special Collections: Letters to and from Roberta Hewitt

Box file, labelled 'Autobiography MSS', which include, for example: Handwritten notes on the Hewitt family and a Hewitt family tree, c1810-c1900.

A file of handwritten notes and typed copies, labelled 'Planter's Gothic', an autobiography by John Hewitt which includes numerous references to female family members, female servants etc., no date.

A file containing further autobiographical notes of John Hewitt, no date.

Box file, labelled 'Poetry and Prose from Local Writers Sent to [John] Hewitt', which includes, for example: A 9 page typescript marked 'Ruby's Lecture to Lisburn Junior L.N.U. on the subject of peace and war', no date.

Box file, labelled 'Unsorted MSS' which include, for example: A letter from Mrs Willa Muir, London to Roberta Hewitt, in which she writes, 'I am not glad to feel a kind of desperation breathing from your letter', 3 April 1968. Untitled typescript of a short poem by Ruby Black, no date.

Unfinished letter to Miss Douglas from John Hewitt, no date.



AccessBy prior appointment.

Ulster University Special Collections provides a Listing of John Hewitt Material.

Repository NameUlster University Archive & Special Collections, Coleraine Campus
AddressColeraine County Derry
UK Postal CodeBT52 1GA
Telephone+44 28-7012-4345
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