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Warren H. Lewis Papers, 1850-1973 | Marion E. Wade Center

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Title: Warren H. Lewis Papers, 1850-1973Add to your cart.

ID: Wade/A-110

Primary Creator: Lewis, W. H. (Warren Hamilton) (1895-1973)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Subjects: Lewis, C. S., Lewis, C. S. - Family., Lewis, W. H., Lewis, W. H. - Archives., Lewis, W. H. - Correspondence.

Languages: English

Abstract

This archive contains personal papers from Warren H. Lewis, brother of C.S. Lewis, as well as inserts removed from the Boxen manuscripts and the Lewis Family Papers or Memoirs of the Lewis Family (1850-1930). A draft of C.S. Lewis: A Biography edited by Warren Lewis is also included.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This archive contains personal papers from Warren H. Lewis (1895-1973), elder brother of C.S. Lewis, as well as inserts removed from the Boxen manuscripts and the Lewis Family Papers or Memoirs of the Lewis Family (1850-1930). A draft of C.S. Lewis: A Biography edited by Warren Lewis is also included. The contents are split between foldered items and bound volumes as described in the contents listing.

Collection Historical Note

Warren was born in Belfast, Ireland and was sent to boarding schools in England before entering the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1914. His military service spans both World Wars and his travels included stations in France and China. After his retirement, Warren became a scholar in his own right, publishing a number of highly regarded historical works. He lived with his brother for many years at their home The Kilns near Oxford, England.

Biographical Note

Major Warren Hamilton "Warnie" Lewis (June 16, 1895 – April 9, 1973), also known as W.H. Lewis, was a soldier and historian, best known as the older brother of the British writer and academic C.S. Lewis. Warren Lewis was a supply officer in the British army during and after World War I. After retiring in 1932 to live with his brother in Oxford, he was one of the founding members of the Inklings, the informal Oxford literary society whose members also included J.R.R. Tolkien. He wrote on French history, and served as his brother's secretary for the later years of C.S. Lewis' life.

Subject/Index Terms

Lewis, C. S.
Lewis, C. S. - Family.
Lewis, W. H.
Lewis, W. H. - Archives.
Lewis, W. H. - Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Repository: Marion E. Wade Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 14 folders, .5 linear feet and 12 volumes

Access Restrictions: Permission to reproduce or publish content by Warren H. Lewis must be obtained from The Marion E. Wade Center. Permissions for use of content by C.S. Lewis must be directed to the C.S. Lewis Company.

Acquisition Source: 13/61

Separated Materials:

BOUND VOLUMES – Research Copies stored in the Wade Center Reading Room

The Lewis Family Papers or Memoirs of the Lewis Family (1850-1930) in 11 volumes edited by Warren Hamilton Lewis. Unpublished [Leeborough Press], 1933-1935. After their father’s death, Warren and C.S. Lewis retrieved a variety of papers—including diaries, letters, photographs and other documents from the family home in Belfast. Warren Lewis later sorted and arranged these family papers, transcribing and typing them into eleven bound volumes spanning the years 1850 to 1930, wrote transitional notes, and thereby created this brief history of the Lewis and Hamilton families. Upon completion of this family memoir, the original documents (letters and diaries) were destroyed; the photographs are now part of the photograph collection of the Wade Center. The volumes are stored in the Wade Center book collection, call numbers: PR6023.E926 Z465 1933a and PR6023.E926 Z465 1933.

Volume One, October 17th 1850 - September 23rd, 1881. Compiled in 1933. 330pp.

Volume Two, September 24th, 1881 to July 19th, 1901. Compiled in 1933. 330pp.

Volume Three, July 20th, 1901 to December 30th, 1912. Compiled in 1933. 336pp.

Volume Four, January 1st, 1913 to July 8th, 1915. Compiled in 1933. 331pp.

Volume Five, July 9th, 1915 to June 20th, 1918. Compiled in 1934. 331pp.

Volume Six, June 21st, 1918 to June 2nd, 1921. Compiled in 1934. 331pp.

Volume Seven, June 3rd, 1921 to January 10th, 1923. Compiled in 1934. 331pp.

Volume Eight, January 11th, 1923 to September 8th, 1925. Compiled in 1934. 331pp.

Volume Nine, September 9th, 1925 to February 25th, 1928. Compiled in 1934. 331pp.

Volume Ten, February 26th, 1928 to April 17th, 1930. Compiled in 1934. 310pp.

Volume Eleven and Index, April 18th, 1930 to December 6th, 1930. Compiled in 1935. 325pp.

Contents listing for the 11 volumes

C.S. Lewis: A Biography, written and edited by Warren H. Lewis. Unpublished, undated typescript, 472pp. This draft consists mostly of letters by C.S. Lewis, and its published form became the first edition of Letters of C.S. Lewis, edited by Warren H. Lewis. (London: Geoffrey Bles Ltd., 1966) Page one comes from another copy of the manuscript in the Geoffrey Bles Archive, folder 19. Original page stored in the Bodleian Library. (Bound copy only in Reading Room, loose page copy in archive folders 9-13.)

Related Materials:

Researchers interested in this archive may also wish to consult the following resources in the Wade Center holdings:

BOXEN : "Leborough Studies : Ranging from 1905 - 1916." (1905-1916) 54 pp. in 5 lvs., signed: 2 pp. AMs. with revisions and 33 pp. illustrations by CSL, 17 pp. illustrations by W.H. Lewis, 2 pp. illustrations by A.J. Lewis; in brown notebook. (Lewis Manuscript Collection, CSL / MS-17)

BOXEN : ["Leborough Studies"] (continued). (n.d.) 10 pp. in 10 lvs.: 5 pp. illustrations by CSL, 5 pp. illustrations by W.H. Lewis; in brown notebook. (Lewis Manuscript Collection, CSL / MS-18)

Kilby, Clyde S. and Marjorie Lamp Mead, eds. Brothers & Friends: the Diaries of Major Warren Hamilton Lewis. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1982.

Lewis, C.S. and W.H. Lewis. "Boxen: Childhood Chronicles Before Narnia." Hammersmith, London: Harper Collins Publishers, 2008.

Wade Center Article File

1. Lewis, Warren. "From Warren Lewis to an American Correspondent." http://www.discovery.org/lewis/71-081ofst.htm. 1 p. csl-ARTICLE

2. Lewis, Warren H. "Through the Oxford Canal:  A Whitsun Cruise on a Secluded and Attractive Waterway." The Motor Boat. London (July 2, 1937): 5-7. csl-ARTICLE

3. Lewis, Warren H. "Through the Oxford Canal:  A Whitsun Cruise on a Secluded and Attractive Waterway." The Motor Boat. London (July 9, 1937): 54-55. csl-ARTICLE

4. Lewis, Warren H. "Cruising in Ulster Waters:  Sailing Directions for Strangford Lough." The Motor Boat. London (April 15, 1938): 364-365. csl-ARTICLE

5. Lewis, Warren H. "The Great Ouse:  A Week with 'Bosphorus' on Fenland Waterways." The Motor Boat and Yachting. London (August 12, 1938): 180-181. csl-ARTICLE

6. Lewis, Warren H. "Exploring the Wey:  A Three Days' Cruise on a Tributary of the Thames." The Motor Boat. London (February 25, 1938): 198-199. csl-ARTICLE

7. Lewis, Warren H. ""But What's It Going To Cost?"." The Motor Boat and Yachting. London (November 4, 1938): 482-483. csl-ARTICLE

8. Lewis, Warren H. "The Winter of Our Discontent: It Is Not So Bad, After All, Thinks This Ditchcrawler." The Motor Boat and Yachting. London (February 17, 1939): 158-159. csl-ARTICLE

9. Lewis, Warren H. "A Ditchcrawling Discourse." The Motor Boat and Yachting. London (May 12, 1939): 485-486. csl-ARTICLE

10. Lewis, Warren H. "Malvern in My Time." Beacon. (1954): 14-17. csl-ARTICLE

11. Lewis, W.H. "Letters of C.S. Lewis." Saturday Review. (April 4, 1964): 22. csl-ARTICLE

12. Lewis, Warren. "The Lesser Lewis." Eternity Summer Sampler '82. 33 n.7-8. (July-August 1982): 26. csl-ARTICLE

13. Lewis, C.S. and Warren Lewis. "The Pudaita Pie: An Anthology." Seven. 32 Wheaton, IL: The Marion E. Wade Center. (2015): 59-68. CSL-ARTICLE

Wade Center Photograph Collection

Warren H. Lewis Diaries archive

Warren H. Lewis Diary Inserts archive

Warren H. Lewis Letters Collection

Warren H. Lewis Walking Tour Maps

Other materials in the Wade Center holdings may relate to the topics in this archive. See the archivist for further research assistance.

Preferred Citation: Description of material cited. Warren H. Lewis Papers, Box #, Folder#. The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

Processing Information: Processed by Laura Schmidt

Other Note: There is an (pre-1980) acquisition file for this collection. The finding aid contains the contents listing of the "Lewis Family Papers." There is a research copy of this collection.


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1a: Signatures of J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams as witnesses on the will of Warren H. Lewis, ca. 1940Add to your cart.
2pp. (Received by Clyde S. Kilby in August, 1966).
Folder 1b: Original envelope which contained documents bequeathed by Warren Lewis to Clyde S. Kilby, January 24, 1968Add to your cart.
1 envelope.
Folder 2: Marks for Conduct and Lessons for Warren and Jack (C.S.) Lewis, March 7, 1904-March 20, 1905Add to your cart.
Small black notebook. 18pp.
Folder 3: “Mens Humana:” or Kilns Table Talk, n.d.Add to your cart.
Small green notebook of compiled quotes written down by Warren Lewis. 14pp.
Folder 4: “Happy Times” typescript by Warren Lewis indexing certain passages in his personal diaries, ca. 1964-1973Add to your cart.
(See Warren H. Lewis Diaries Archive) 3pp.
Folder 5: Miscellanea, 1932-1934Add to your cart.
14pp.
Item 1: A hand-drawn map and a note from The Shanghai Club, January 29, 1932Add to your cart.
With Warnie's name (both pieces were found as inserts in the “Leborough Studies” Boxen notebooks).
Item 2: Letter to“Lewis” from C.T. Onions, March 12, 1934Add to your cart.
Insert from the Lewis Family Papers Vol. VI, p. 12 - and referenced in Vol. IX p. 120.
Item 3: “Society for the Prevention of Progress” card and a genealogical tree of the Hamilton FamilyAdd to your cart.
(typescript)
Item 5: Warren H. Lewis’s British passportAdd to your cart.
Photo collection call number: CSL-F / P-84.
Folder 6: Two caricatures of Albert LewisAdd to your cart.

Removed from the Memoirs of the Lewis Family, Vol. VII, facing p.241,    1921 (formerly stored in the Wade Photograph collection as

  CSL-F / P-33). 1890-1921, 3pp.

Item 1: Printed illustration of caricature of Albert Lewis, C.S. Lewis's father, solicitor, in Belfast Police Courts, ca.1890-1910Add to your cart.
Removed from the Memoirs of the Lewis Family, Vol II, facing p.66. (formerly stored in the Wade Photograph collection as CSL-F / P-6).
Item 2: Original caricature of Albert Lewis in academic robe by G.A. Lemon, September 10, 1921Add to your cart.
Illustration first printed in Ireland's Saturday Night. The newspaper text beneath the image read: "If the world of letters were upside down / And books of quotations were no more to hand / Mr. A.J. Lewis would stil 'meet the case' / With the choicest of gems at his tongue's command." Removed from the Memoirs of the Lewis Family, Vol. VII, facing p. 241 (formerly stored in the Wade Photograph collection as CSL-F / P-33). 3pp.
Folder 7: Poems by various unknown authors with corrections in an unknown hand (Warren Lewis?), n.d.Add to your cart.
Found with Warren Lewis’s will. 11pp.
Item 1: "Make Believe"Add to your cart.
Item 2: "One Star General"Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Gettysburg"Add to your cart.
Item 4: "Forethought"Add to your cart.
Item 5: "The Battlefield of the Republic"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Poems by various unknown authors, continued, with some untitled prose, 1967Add to your cart.
First page headed “Packet #2” with various 4-line poems. 29pp.
Item 1: "A Prayer for All Young Men"Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Harbor Lights"Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Who"Add to your cart.
Item 4: "The City"Add to your cart.
Item 5: "The Ark"Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Pilgrimage"Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Dawn"Add to your cart.
Item 8: "Graver"Add to your cart.
Item 9: "Pleasure Bent"Add to your cart.
Item 10: "Vigil Light"Add to your cart.
Item 11: "Sunday Visitor"Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Urban-Suburban"Add to your cart.
Item 13: "Mothering"Add to your cart.
Item 14: "Beguiled"Add to your cart.
Item 15: "The Dreamer"Add to your cart.
Item 16: "Fife and Drum"Add to your cart.
Item 17: "Peacepipe"Add to your cart.
Item 18: "The Time of the River"Add to your cart.
Item 19: "The Potato Field"Add to your cart.
Item 20: A prose piece called "The Magic Ball" by Bettina T. Durland, March 24, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 9-13: Original typescript of C.S. Lewis: A Biography, written and edited by Warren H. LewisAdd to your cart.
Unpublished, undated typescript. 471pp. (see “Bound Volumes” listing below for additional information. The research copy of this typescript is bound and stored in the Reading Room.)
Folder 14-15: C.S. Lewis Biography: early draft. n.d.Add to your cart.

Early draft of opening chapters of the C.S. Lewis Biography by W.H. Lewis with edits marked on pages. Folder 14 spans pages 1-67. Folder 15 spans pages 70-411. Pages lacking have been noted below. Original doccuments at Bodleian Library (Bodleian MS Facs.d.290). All reproduction permissions go through Bodleian. Acquisition #16/67. 34pp.

The following pages are lacking from archive:

43-44,63-64, 68-69, 71-83, 90-92, 94-108, 112-115, 119-121, 124-132, 136-137, 141-142, 145-146, 149, 156-167, 170-185, 189, 197-199, 201-205, 215, 218-223, 230-241, 243-244, 247-256, 261-313, 315-356, 358-378. 381, 385-407.

Shelf 1: The Lewis Family Papers or Memoirs of the Lewis Family (1850-1930), 1933-1935Add to your cart.
11 volumes edited by Warren Hamilton Lewis. Unpublished [Leeborough Press]. After their father’s death, Warren and C.S. Lewis retrieved a variety of papers—including diaries, letters, photographs and other documents from the family home in Belfast. Warren Lewis later sorted and arranged these family papers, transcribing and typing them into eleven bound volumes spanning the years 1850 to 1930, wrote transitional notes, and thereby created this brief history of the Lewis and Hamilton families. Upon completion of this family memoir, the original documents (letters and diaries) were destroyed; the photographs are now part of the photograph collection of the Wade Center. The volumes are stored in the Wade Center book collection, call numbers: PR6023.E926 Z465 1933a and PR6023.E926 Z465 1933.
Item 1: Volume One, October 17, 1850-September 23, 1881Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1933. 330pp.
Item 2: Volume Two, September 24, 1881-July 19, 1901Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1933. 330pp.
Item 3: Volume Three, July 20, 1901-December 30, 1912Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1933. 336pp.
Item 4: Volume Four, January 1, 1913-July 8, 1915Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1933. 331pp.
Item 5: Volume Five, July 9, 1915-June 20, 1918Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1934. 331pp.
Item 6: Volume Six, June 21,1918-June 2, 1921Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1934. 331pp.
Item 7: Volume Seven, June 3,1921-January 10, 1923Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1934. 331pp.
Item 8: Volume Eight, January 11, 1923-September 8, 1925Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1934. 331pp.
Item 9: Volume Nine, September 9, 1925-February 25, 1928Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1934. 331pp.
Item 10: Volume Ten, February 26, 1928-April 17, 1930Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1934. 310pp.
Item 11: Volume Eleven and Index, April 18, 1930-December 6, 1930Add to your cart.
Compiled in 1935. 325pp.

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