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Finding Aid for the George Ratcliffe Woodward Papers ca. 1917-1934
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George Ratcliffe Woodward Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1917-1934
    Collection number: MS.1961.003
    Creator: Woodward, George Ratcliffe 1848-1934
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.25 linear feet)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: This collection contains papers, correspondence, and bound pamphlets relating to the work of George Ratcliffe Woodward. Included in the collection are lecture notes for sermons, translations from Greek and Latin, original compositions, correspondence, printed Christmas greetings, and other items.
    Physical location: This collection is stored at the Southern Regional Library Facility. Please contact Clark Library staff at least 2 weeks in advance if you would like to view the materials in this collection.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts or printed items must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George Ratcliffe Woodward Papers, MS.1961.003, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift, 1961, from B.F. Stevens & Brown, Ltd.

    Processing History

    This collection was arranged previously by Clark Library staff in the 1980s. This finding aid was completed by Jamie Henricks in August, 2009. The finding aid adheres to Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS).


    George Ratcliffe Woodward, a Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire in 1848. He attended school in Elstree, Hertfordshire and later received a scholarship to attend Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Woodward served at a variety of churches, including St. Barnabas in Pimlico, Little Walsingham in Norfolk, and St. Augustine's in Highgate.
    Woodward translated hymns, stories, and poems from mainly Greek and Latin, and composed his own musical arrangements, hymns, and carols. He was a founding member of the Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society and published a number of books of carols and hymns, including the Cowley Carol Book.
    He married Alice Dorothy Lee Warner in 1889, who died shortly after in 1893. Woodward died in March 1934 in Highgate, and was buried with his wife.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains papers, correspondence, and bound pamphlets relating to the work of George Ratcliffe Woodward. Included in the collection are lecture notes for sermons held in various locations; miscellaneous lecture notes; translations from the Bible, Ovid, and unknown sources; original compositions; letters to and from Woodward; Christmas greetings printed by Woodward; and a few other miscellaneous items. Also included are three letters between Lawrence Clark Powell and Ruth Collis of B.F. Stevens & Brown, Ltd. regarding the donation of the collection to the Clark Library. Dated items range from 1917 to 1932, but many items are undated.


    This collection is arranged thematically and then further chronologically when possible. Lecture notes for sermons are organized alphabetically by location, and then further organized by date. Most miscellaneous items are undated.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Ancient literature--Translations into English
    Epigrams, Greek
    Hymns--History and criticism

    Genres and Forms

    Lectures--England--19th century
    Privately published books--England--19th century
    Sermons--England--19th century