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Malcolm Muggeridge Papers, 1920-1990 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

By The Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections Staff

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Collection Overview

Title: Malcolm Muggeridge Papers, 1920-1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: SC/004

Primary Creator: Muggeridge, Malcolm (1903-1990)

Extent: 318.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1985

Subjects: Abortion - Religious aspects - Christianity., Amis, Kingsley., Authors, English. - 20th century - Biography., Authors, English. - 20th century - Diaries., Broadcasters. - Great Britain - Biography., Buckley, William F., Jr., 1925-2008., Capital punishment - Moral and ethical aspects., Catholic converts. - Great Britain - Biography., Christian biography - England., Christianity - 20th century., Conversion - Biography., Conversion - Christianity., Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881, Editors - Great Britain - Biography., Euthanasia - Moral and ethical aspects., Euthanasia. - Moral and ethical aspects., Jesus Christ - Art., Journalists - Great Britain - Biography., Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855, Kingsmill, Hugh, 1889-1949, Marriage - Religious aspects - Catholic Church., Missionaries of Charity - Biography., Muggeridge, Kitty, Muggeridge, Kitty - Manuscripts., Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990, Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Biography - Pictorial works., Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Diaries., Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Drama., Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Friends and associates., Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Interviews., Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Manuscripts., Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Portraits., Orwell, George, 1903-1950, Orwell, George, 1903-1950 - Manuscripts., Pascal, Blaise, 1623-1662., Pearson, Hesketh, 1887-1964, Philosophers - Denmark - Biography., Social ethics., Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich, 1918-, Soviet Union - History - 1925-1953., Teresa, Mother, 1910, Teresa, Mother, 1910 - Manuscripts., Vidler, Alexander Roper, 1899-1991

Forms of Material: Articles, Clippings Files, Correspondence, Interviews, Memorabilia, Photographs, Reviews

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection of papers traces the pilgrimage of this individual from his roots in socialism through his long search for meaning in life, until he finally embraced Christianity. Throughout his life he took a strong stand on various issues of ethics in government, sanctity of life and moral conduct. He prophesied concerning the woes due a civilization that would not take heed to the decay he described.

The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts by Malcolm, over 940 photographs, scripts and media presentations, published works, memorabilia and a large section of secondary material about Malcolm and the causes he championed.

The correspondence he received is the largest part of the collection, about 47 linear feet. Nearly 1/3 of this (15 linear feet) is classified as Business and Personal, much of it arranged alphabetically by name or topic by Malcolm himself. A dual classification runs through his Business and Personal correspondence, the first section for each letter of the alphabet listing folders that contain several pieces of correspondence all from one source, the second section grouping correspondence of only one or two pieces from each correspondent.

Both lists may need to be consulted to locate a specific correspondent. The largest part of his correspondence (32 linear feet) is from people he briefly met or did not know at all, who just wrote to express thanks for his work or less often to disagree with his position on some topic. This General and Fan correspondence is arranged chronologically from 1935 to 1990.

Since Malcolm often did not keep copies of his letters, his Correspondence Sent occupies only a few inches.

The various manuscript sections of the collection include drafts of books, articles, poems, scripts and speeches. Some of these were never published. The manuscripts are in holograph form, typed or galley proofs.

Muggeridge's published items include books, articles, interviews, scripts and book reviews.

An extensive secondary section includes clippings about Malcolm and his work, clippings about topics that interested him, and manuscripts others wrote and sent for him to critique.

There are several linear inches of material concerning Russia, including both Malcolm's writings and his collection of research material. Several more inches contain a section of material about Mother Teresa and her work among the poor.

Memorabilia includes awards and honors given to Malcolm.

Biographical Note

Born in 1903, Malcolm Muggeridge has become one of the notable figures of the twentieth century. He is well-known as an author, journalist, media personality, and in his later years, a leading spokesman for Christianity. Malcolm Muggeridge experienced a life of tension and seeking. Beginning with his socialist upbringing, his father was involved in politics and served as a member of Parliament, his search for satisfaction and justice continued until it culminated in his finally embracing Christianity.

Following his graduation from Cambridge University in 1924, Malcolm taught in India for a few years. This time was formative for him as he experienced India's caste system, likely influencing his iconoclastic nature exhibited so often in later years. After leaving India, he returned to England, married Katherine (Kitty) Dobbs and the couple settled in Egypt for a time. Here Malcolm began his journalism career, fulfilling his one ambition in life by writing pieces for the Manchester Guardian, Calcutta Statesman, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph and other newspapers.

Malcolm and Kitty moved again, this time to Moscow (1932-1933) to become a part of what they considered the perfect society. Both Malcolm and Kitty had been raised in socialist ideology and longed for a government that truly met the needs of the people. However, while reporting from there for the Manchester Guardian, Malcolm quickly became disillusioned with the Soviet system. He saw first-hand how the peasant population was subjected to starvation and ill treatment by Stalin's regime. Malcolm's reports were rejected; both by leaders in Moscow and also by Western journalists who chose to believe Soviet propaganda.

During his career Malcolm spent many years away from his family, some of these as he became deeply involved in the Second World War that he had predicted. Though his children missed him, his son Leonard said Malcolm's spy involvement gave him opportunity to say with pride, "My Dad's in hush-hush work abroad!"

Muggeridge's wit and style endeared him to many as he became a popular (and controversial) figure on radio and television. From 1953-57 he served as editor of the British humor magazine Punch. During the 1960s this former Socialist and vocal agnostic gradually modified his positions on religion and became a Christian. This journey is recorded in his book Jesus Rediscovered. Attesting to the spiritual changes that had occurred in his life, Muggeridge emerged a strong voice for moral and ethical issues, following his earlier life of indulging in sensual pleasures. Malcolm used the printed word, television and invitations to address attentive groups to oppose abortion and euthanasia, support the rights of the mentally and physically handicapped or boldly disagree with governments and society. Public reaction to the controversial Malcolm Muggeridge was strong, though not always favorable. In spite of this, those close to Malcolm knew him for seeing the humor in life, even in the serious and solemn things.

Malcolm's journey to faith encompassed much of his life. In spite of his concern about the drift of the Christian church via liberalism and permissive morality into moral chaos, he eventually joined the Catholic Church because of their strong stand against abortion and birth control. The dedication and compassion of Mother Teresa and Fr. Paul Bidone were instrumental in Malcolm joining the Church. In 1983 Malcolm and Kitty Muggeridge became members of the Roman Catholic Church.

Malcolm's one relaxation was walking--alone, with Kitty, with family--walking and conversing. And at home he was always ready for visitors. He would break his routine willingly to entertain people from all over the world, from different walks of life--invited or not. And Kitty would serve tea. Malcolm's myriad letters from those who had been guests confirm that they felt greatly honored. Malcolm and Kitty had a way of making everyone feel they were special friends.

Malcolm was first and foremost a writer and thinker, who contributed greatly to the literature and thought of the twentieth century. As Canon David Winter stated, the true value of having Malcolm's papers at Wheaton College comes through being able to preserve "the voice of a craftsman of the English language--and a Christian voice which speaks with all the more splendor because it was born from a seed that was full of doubt, cynicism and self-promotion."

Malcolm Muggeridge, after a fruitful life of constant interaction and tension with life, entered eternal rest November 14, 1990.

Subject/Index Terms

Abortion - Religious aspects - Christianity.
Amis, Kingsley.
Authors, English. - 20th century - Biography.
Authors, English. - 20th century - Diaries.
Broadcasters. - Great Britain - Biography.
Buckley, William F., Jr., 1925-2008.
Capital punishment - Moral and ethical aspects.
Catholic converts. - Great Britain - Biography.
Christian biography - England.
Christianity - 20th century.
Conversion - Biography.
Conversion - Christianity.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881
Editors - Great Britain - Biography.
Euthanasia - Moral and ethical aspects.
Euthanasia. - Moral and ethical aspects.
Jesus Christ - Art.
Journalists - Great Britain - Biography.
Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855
Kingsmill, Hugh, 1889-1949
Marriage - Religious aspects - Catholic Church.
Missionaries of Charity - Biography.
Muggeridge, Kitty
Muggeridge, Kitty - Manuscripts.
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Biography - Pictorial works.
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Diaries.
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Drama.
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Friends and associates.
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Interviews.
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Manuscripts.
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 - Portraits.
Orwell, George, 1903-1950
Orwell, George, 1903-1950 - Manuscripts.
Pascal, Blaise, 1623-1662.
Pearson, Hesketh, 1887-1964
Philosophers - Denmark - Biography.
Social ethics.
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich, 1918-
Soviet Union - History - 1925-1953.
Teresa, Mother, 1910
Teresa, Mother, 1910 - Manuscripts.
Vidler, Alexander Roper, 1899-1991

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections, Buswell Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 138 linear feet

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: Malcolm Muggeridge chose Wheaton College Special Collections to be the repository for his papers in 1985. The first shipment was received in 1988. Additional papers and memorabilia have been received until the collection has come to its present size of 130 linear feet.

Preferred Citation: Malcolm Muggeridge Papers (SC-4), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu


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[Series 7: Audio Recordings],
[Series 8: Video Recordings],
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Series 12: Collections by OthersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Burton JanesAdd to your cart.
Box 270Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical Reviews of Malcolm Muggeridge. "Chronicles of Wasted Time: The Green Stick" - Gow, Haven Bradford. (Liberty), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Malcolm Muggeridge to Burton Janes, 1987, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Speech by Malcolm Muggeridge at Convocation of Memorial University, Newfoundland, 1972 October 21Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Speech by Malcolm Muggeridge, "Faith and the Future", from "Signs of Hope for the Future" (Destiny), 1979 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Speech by Malcolm Muggeridge, "The Christian Alternative," Evangelical Press Association, 1977 May 9Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Interview, Malcolm Muggeridge by Roy Bonisteel, "This Programme Comes to You by Courtesy of  Lucifer Inc." from In Search of Man Alive, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Degree:  Doctor of Letters, by Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1972 October 21Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Obit.  From Charisma and Christian Life, 1991 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Review of Malcolm Muggeridge by B. Janes, "Society's Crippling Despair" from The Pentecostal Testimony, 1991 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Reviews of Malcolm Muggeridge, Winter in Moscow and Like It Was, from Christianity Today, 1988 April 22Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Myrna GrantAdd to your cart.
Box 270Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence re: Malcolm MuggeridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Open letter by Malcolm Muggeridge, re: KestonAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Malcolm Muggeridge visit to Wheaton, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Clippings/obituaries re: Malcolm MuggeridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Proposals for Malcolm Muggeridge study center, 1982-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Transcripts of interviews with Malcolm MuggeridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Raw dissertation data on Malcolm Muggeridge radio programs at BBCAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Complete list of all Malcolm Muggeridge BBC radio programsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Program listAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: List of material donatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Select Bibliography of Malcolm Muggeridge materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: MS:  Malcolm Muggeridge: A Twentieth Century Iconoclast, speech by M. Grant (Spring 1990)Add to your cart.
Folder 23: An Examination of Muggeridge's "Fourth Temptation" by M Grant, Conf. On Christianity and Communication, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 24: An Examination of Muggeridge's Critique of Media, by Larry M Caillouet, Conf. On Christianity and Communication, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Christ and the Media: Considerations on the Negotiation of Meaning in Religious Television, essay by M. GrantAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: MS:  Malcolm Muggeridge: A Twentieth Century Iconoclast, speech by M. Grant (Spring 1990)Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "The Influence of H.T. Muggeridge on His Son, Malcolm" by David N. Dixon for M. Grant, Comm684Add to your cart.
Folder 28: "Malcolm Muggeridge Rediscovered: A study on how Muggeridge's own quest for faith and meaning drove him in the selection of some of his major media projects" by Isaac Phiri for M. Grant, Comm684, 1992 December 16Add to your cart.
Box 271Add to your cart.
Folder 1: MS:  Malcolm Muggeridge: A Twentieth Century Iconoclast, speech by M. Grant (Spring 1990)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Collections by Others - Dissertation - "An Historical Analysis of Biographical, Societal and Organizational Factors Shaping the Radio Career of Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge 1948-1957." Dissertation by M Grant, Northwestern University, 1986Add to your cart.
pages 1-106
Folder 3: Collections by Others - Dissertation - "An Historical Analysis of Biographical, Societal and Organizational Factors Shaping the Radio Career of Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge 1948-1957." Dissertation by M Grant, Northwestern University, 1986Add to your cart.
pages 107-189
Folder 4: An Historical Analysis of Biographical, Societal and Organizational Factors Shaping the Radio Career of Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge 1948-1957.  Dissertation by M Grant, Northwestern University, 1986Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Collector(s) unknownAdd to your cart.
Box 272Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical - Interviews/Feature Articles of Malcolm Muggeridge, 1953-1965Add to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 2: Articles/Book Review - Various, 1953-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles/Book Review -  Esquire, Various, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 4: Book Reviews - Esquire, 1967 November - 1968 MayAdd to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 5: Articles/Book Review - Various, 1953-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Articles/Book Review - Esquire, Various, 1964-1967Add to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 7: Book Reviews - Esquire, 1963 December-1967 OctoberAdd to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 8: Book Reviews -Observer, 1968 February 6 - 1969 January 5Add to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 9: Book Review - Observer, 1967 August 6 - 1968 February 4Add to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 10: Interviews of Malcolm Muggeridge - Observer, 1968, 1967 February 6- July 23Add to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 11: Book Reviews - Various, 1967, 1968Add to your cart.
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Folder 12: Book Reviews - Various, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
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Folder 13: Correspondence Received - Various, 1968Add to your cart.
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Folder 14: Book Reviews - Various, 1969Add to your cart.
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Folder 15: Book Reviews - Various - Esquire, Observer, Washington Post, 1969Add to your cart.
collected by a fan
Folder 16: Notebook: “Biographical articles about Malcolm Muggeridge", 1952-1969Add to your cart.
photocopies; collector unknown
Item 1: "The Life of the wife of Mr. Muggeridge" by Michael Walo. The Observer, 1967 November 5Add to your cart.
photocopy of newspaper clipping
Item 2: "The Death-Wish Psychosis of the New Left. Christianity Today, 1969 May 9Add to your cart.
photocopy
Item 3: Review of Jesus Rediscovered. The Observer, 1969 May 25Add to your cart.
photocopy of newspaper clipping
Item 4: Excerpt from cover article "Is Prince Charles Necessary?" by Lansing Lamont. Time, 1969 June 27Add to your cart.
photocopy of magazine clipping

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