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Malcolm Muggeridge Papers, 1920-2008 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

By The Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections Staff

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Collection Overview

Title: Malcolm Muggeridge Papers, 1920-2008Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: SC/004

Primary Creator: Muggeridge, Malcolm (1903-1990)

Extent: 326.0 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, Microfilms, 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

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Published Works],
[Series 4: Legal and Financial],
[Series 5: Addresses, Sermons and Speeches],
[Series 6: Interviews],
[Series 7: Audio Recordings],
[Series 8: Video Recordings],
[Series 9: Photographs],
[Series 10: Memorabilia],
[Series 11: Secondary],
[Series 12: Collections by Others],
[Series 13: Vertical File],
[Series 14: Artwork],
[Series 15: Unprocessed],

Series 5: Addresses, Sermons and SpeechesAdd to your cart.
published and unpublished
Box 203Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Abortion Protest Rally, Manchester, 1973 March 25Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Address of Malcolm Muggeridge given at the A.G.M. of the Edinburgh Medical M.S., 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Address to The American Society of Newspaper Editors, 1971 April 16Add to your cart.
On the Transformation of News into 'Newzak', article
Folder 4: Albion Agonistes: Pepperdine University, 1975 October 30Add to your cart.
Folder 5: America and Anglo-American Relations, Eton College, 1953 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Anglo-Polish SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Another King, January 14, 1968; translation for [Libelle], 1968, NovemberAdd to your cart.
sermon at Edinburgh, St. Giles
Folder 8: Ban's (?) Pittsburgh SpeechAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Belfast Cathedral - Appeal Address, 1974 September 15Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Book Trade Dining Club, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Bunyan Meeting: 300th Anniversary of John Bunyan's release from prisonAdd to your cart.
with British Weekly review
Folder 12: Catholic Rally against persecution of church in communist Poland, 1953 December 3Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Christ and the Media, NRBC, January 24, 1978; Journal of the Evangelical of Theological Society, 1978 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: [Christian broadcasting via satellite]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: ChristmasAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: [Christmas] Bidding prayer/order of serviceAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Conquest of Loneliness in series "Jesus Christ is Alive Today" St. Aldates, 1974 May 5Add to your cart.
The Road to Emmaus
Folder 18: Coventry speechAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: [Crisis of Western World]Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Dickens Fellowship Dinner SpeechAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club, Fifty-sixth Annual Dinner, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Edinburgh University Investiture, Mumbo-jumbo of education, New York Times, 1967 February 19Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Edinburgh University: Rectorial Address, 1967 February 16Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Education: A Penetrating Appraisal, Sunrise, 1967 JulyAdd to your cart.
Investiture as Rector-Edinburgh Un, Feb 16, 1967
Folder 25: Ends and MeansAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Extract from speech to be given at SPUC Meeting at Brighton, April 2Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Faith, Metropolitan Pulpit, 1979 April 8Add to your cart.
Folder 28: The Fearful Symmetry of FreedomAdd to your cart.
Delivered to the Congress of the Laity, February 1978; Published, Christianity Today, February 21, 1978
Folder 29: Feed My Sheep, St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, 1969 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: A Fool's Guide to Contemporary Follies, CanadaAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Foyles Literary Luncheons, March 26, 1953, July 19, 1957, June 1, 1966, June 21, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Foyles Literary Luncheons: 10 speeches by Malcolm Muggeridge, November 5, 1968 - July 22, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Fundamental Questions: What is Life About? Great St. Mary's University Church, Cambridge, 1970 May 31Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Great Liberal Death Wish, Hillsdale College, Michigan, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 35: How Sweet the Name, 1971 August 10Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Hugh Anderson LectureAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Humane HolocaustAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Humour, Humility, and Faith, 1979 JulyAdd to your cart.
Convocation Address, St. Francis Xavier University
Folder 39: Huron College, 1979Add to your cart.
Convocation address
Folder 40: Imaginative Literature of Men of Action. Literary Circle, National Liberal Club, 1950 February 2Add to your cart.
Folder 41: In Time of Trouble, Lyttleton Theatre, 1982 April 28Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Institute of Directors Conference, London, "Freedom", 1968 November 7Add to your cart.
Folder 43: International Symposium,, 1985 May 23Add to your cart.
Folder 44: [Iron Curtain: Bulganin-Khrushchev]Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Is Christianity Valid for Today?Add to your cart.
from Sermons from St. Mary's [St. Aldate's] ed. Keith de Berry
Folder 46: Johnson Society: Dr. Johnson Looks HeavenwardAdd to your cart.
Malcolm Muggeridge's inaugural address as President of Samuel Johnson Society
Folder 47: Kipling Sahib: to the Kipling Society on Kipling's CentenaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: [Emmaus Road?]Add to your cart.
missing; holograph
Box 204Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lecture on British HumorAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Lecture Tour, US: The English [and the] Americans; Homage to P.G. WodehouseAdd to your cart.
1960's; See Transcriptions, Jack Muggeridge: Secondary Sources
Folder 3: Liberal Mind, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Light in Our Darkness, Edinburgh, 1969 August 24Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Living Through an Apocalypse, Lausanne, 1974 July 22Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Living Water: Queen's Cross Church, 1968 May 26Add to your cart.
Folder 7: [London lectures in Contemporary Christianity/ Christ and the Media]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: [Lost tools of learning: written word, spoken word, conformism, science]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Manchester SpeechAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Mansion House SpeechAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Mayhew, Henry - Unveiling of plaque, 1953 May 4Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [Medicine and the soul]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Memorial University:  St. John's, Newfoundland, Fall 1972.Add to your cart.
Item 1: AddressAdd to your cart.
Item 2: What I Believe: LuminusAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Men Like Gods, St. Aldate's, December 1, 1968; Christian Century, 1969 February 5Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Modern man is the loser by his rejection of the Christian faith, Cambridge Union Address, 1969 November 17Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Monday Club, Annual Dinner,, 1974Add to your cart.
"historical disaster which threatens the Fearful symmetry"
Folder 17: My First Acquaintance with HumorAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: National Religious Broadcasters: Speech to ConventionAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: National Viewers and Listener's Association, Second Convention, 1967 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Nationwide Festival Of Light Launching Rally, Westminster Central Hall, 1971 September 9Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Nationwide Festival of Light Trafalgar Square,, 1971 September 25Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Nationwide Festival of Lights Meeting Message, 1971 September 26Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Nazareth Hospital Appeal, Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Omar Khayyam ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Our Increasingly Violent Society program agenda; Malcolm Muggeridge on The Promise of the Good Society,, 1977 June 17-19Add to your cart.
script not included
Folder 26: Overseas Press Club, 1953 May 12Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Patterns of SocietyAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Pollution of the Soul, Britain's Human Rights Society, GlasgowAdd to your cart.
The Printed Word
Folder 29: Quebec SpeechAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: [Reality and faith], 1978 June 4Add to your cart.
Folder 31: [Revelation]Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Scottish Human Rights Society - Speech, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Seeing Through the Eye: Lecture ThreeAdd to your cart.
from Christ and the Media; incomplete, with editing
Folder 34: Selhurst speech, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Selwyn College Commemoration, 1950 April 14Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Sermon, St. Mary's OxfordAdd to your cart.
Christianity is art: Blake
Folder 37: The Sermon on the MountAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Solzhenitsyn and the Consensus, 1980 December 4Add to your cart.
Folder 39: TASIS England, Graduation Address, 1980 June 7Add to your cart.
Folder 40: [Television Award Dinner]Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Television--Commercial Competition?, Listener, 1954 February 11Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Thoughts on Hasting's Expansion SchemeAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: A Twentieth Century TestimonyAdd to your cart.
Commentary and statements by Malcolm Muggeridge for film
Folder 44: Ultimate Concern: Am I a Christian?, 1967 May 7Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Unto Caesar, Hertford College, 1968 November 3Add to your cart.
Folder 46: A View from High Ground, 1983 December 26Add to your cart.
A Happy Occasion
Folder 47: We Can Have a Food Explosion to Match the Population Explosion If...Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Western Civilization: To Be or Not To Be?, 1975 October 30Add to your cart.
speech condensation, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles
Folder 49: What is Life About?, St. Aldate's, 1971 May 9Add to your cart.
from series "Any Answers?"
Folder 50: [Whitehouse Meeting], 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Words For Communication Through Television, 1962 March 14-17Add to your cart.
presented to Consultation on Religious Television at William Temple College
Folder 52: Unpublished notes, fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Mr. Kossoff; Pressures in Journalism; life
Folder 53: Untitled SermonAdd to your cart.
based on John 6:68,"Lord, to whom shall we go?"
Folder 54: Untitled - [buildings]Add to your cart.
galley proof: AD; Guest speaker; Muggeridge; August 1985
Folder 55: Untitled - [TV to address posterity]Add to your cart.

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