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  • Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Title: James Lewis May Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.1976.013
    Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet 1762 items
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1926-1940
    Date (inclusive): 1814-1963
    Abstract: The May papers include correspondence addressed to James Lewis May and his daughter, Barbara Lewis May, as well as manuscripts of works by May and his correspondents.
    Physical Location: Clark Library
    Language of Material: English .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item, subseries and series], James Lewis May Papers, MS.1975.013. Williams Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Collection is open for research.

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 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.


    Clark Library purchase, 1976.

    Processing Note

    This collection was originally processed as a separate series within the Oscar Wilde and His Literary Circle Collection, and as such, is physically housed and interfiled with the Wilde collection under call number "MS. Wilde," even though it is now described separately.
    Many of the manuscript and print materials described within this finding aid have also been cataloged individually. Those individual records for print materials are available via the UCLA Library's online catalog, while the records for manuscript materials are accessible only through a physical card catalog located at the Clark.

    Biographical Note

    James Lewis May was a prolific author, translator, and publisher of the first half of the twentieth century. In 1936, he published John Lane and the Nineties, and throughout the 1920s and 1930s, wrote other studies of writers such as Charles Lamb, George Eliot and Anatole France. In the 1930s, May converted to Roman Catholicism, and subsequently wrote a series of works on Cardinal John Henry Newman, Father George Tyrrell, and issues of interest to English Catholics.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains correspondence addressed to James Lewis May from various figures in the literary world and from those in the English Catholic community. His letters reflect his biographical and critical work on John Lane, Anatole France, Cardinal John Henry Newman and others, as well as his growing involvement with the Roman Catholic Church. Many letters are from French authors or concern his translation of works from the French. Also included here are letters written his daughter, Barbara Lewis May as well as some letters written between some of his correspondents, manuscript works by May and by some of his correspondents. The final series described in this finding aid also includes some May family papers dating back to 1814.


    This collection is organized into the following series:
    1. 1. Letters to James Lewis May
    2. 2. Collections of Letters to James Lewis May
    3. 3. Letters to Barbara Lewis May
    4. 4. Miscellaneous letters
    5. 5. Manuscripts
    6. 6. May family papers

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors--England--20th century
    Biographers--England--20th century
    Catholic converts--England--20th century
    Lockhart, John Gilbert, 1891-1960