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The Finding Aid of the Edwards H. Metcalf Papers 0062
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Processing Information note

  • Title: Edwards H. Metcalf Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0062
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet (1 box)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1987-1992
    Date (inclusive): 1938-2002
    Abstract: Edwards H. Metcalf was a collector, a Pepperdine University Board member, and a T.E. Lawrence enthusiast. He chaired the T.E. Lawrence Symposium in 1988 at Pepperdine University, which gave scholars the chance to discuss the life and works of T.E. Lawrence. The collection contains planning materials and documents from the symposium, as well as book collection records belonging to Metcalf.
    Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Creator: Metcalf, Edwards H. (Edwards Huntington)

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Edwards H. Metcalf papers, Collection no. 0062, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Materials were collected from University Archives files and audiovisual collections.

    Historical note

    Edwards Huntington Metcalf was a Pepperdine University Board member, a T.E. Lawrence enthusiast and collector, and grandson of Henry Edwards Huntington (a railroad tycoon and founder of the Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens located on his San Marino estate). He was an owner of multiple small businesses as well as president of the Huntington Land Company. He frequently donated to the Huntington Library, and also had his own collection of rare books (primarily related to T.E. Lawrence).
    Metcalf was born November 4, 1911, to parents John and Elizabeth Metcalf. The family lived in Northern California, and Edwards was the second of four children (Mary, Edward, John, and Lawrence). He married Jane King (April 24, 1910-May 27, 1994) and they lived in San Marino, California for many years. Metcalf also served in the Navy during the Korean War. He died in Sierra Madre, California on April 2, 2001, and he and Jane were buried in Riverside National Cemetery (a military cemetery in Riverside, California).
    In 1986, he donated nearly 500 books and pamphlets from his T.E. Lawrence collection to Pepperdine's Payson Library. In order to celebrate this new collection, as well as the centennial of Lawrence's birth, Pepperdine invited the foremost scholars and authors on Lawrence to give talks and participate in discussions on the famous soldier and author. The T.E. Lawrence Symposium was an event produced by Pepperdine University and held on May 20th and 21st, 1988. The symposium was initiated and chaired by Metcalf.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains records related to the T.E. Lawrence Symposium held by Pepperdine University from May 20 to 21, 1988, which was chaired by Edwards H. Metcalf. Materials include planning documents, clippings of publicity for the event, drafts of official materials, correspondence, brochures, programs, articles, photographs, slides, audio and video of the event. Also included in the collection are materials related to Edwards H. Metcalf, including correspondence and records produced by Metcalf related to his rare book and T.E. Lawrence collections.


    The collection is organized into the following series: 1. T.E. Lawrence Symposium; 2. Edwards H. Metcalf Book Collection Records. Within each series the folders are arranged alphabetically.

    Related Archival Materials

    T.E. Lawrence works and related materials donated by Edwards H. Metcalf to the Pepperdine Library can be found in Special Collections under the Metcalf Collection of Books on T.E. Lawrence. (http://pepperdine.worldcat.org/profiles/PepperdineSpecialCollections/lists/2273960)

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks in September, 2012. The finding aid was updated by Victoria Collie, Special Collections and University Archives Intern, under the supervision of Katie Richardson in October 2013.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935
    Metcalf, Edwards H. (Edwards Huntington)
    Pepperdine University.
    Young, M. Norvel (Matt Norvel), 1915-
    Lectures and lecturing--California, Southern
    Universities and colleges--California--Malibu--History