Fonds RC0297 - H. Montgomery Hyde

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H. Montgomery Hyde

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  • 1971-1974 (Creation)

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25 cm of textual records and graphic material.

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Harford Montgomery Hyde, lawyer, legislator, and author, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 14 August 1907. He was educated at Queen's University, Belfast and Magdalen College, Oxford. In World War II he served in the British Army Intelligence Corps. He was a practising lawyer from 1934 to 1950 and then represented Belfast in the British Parliament from 1950-1959. He was a prolific author of historical and biographical works beginning with Rise of Castlereagh (1933). His books include Mexican Empire (1946) which won the Macmillan Centenary Award and Trials of Oscar Wilde (1973). Hyde was a collector of Wilde. Another of his books was about Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947), three-time Prime Minister of Britain, titled Baldwin: The Unexpected Prime Minister (1973).

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The fonds consist of materials relating to the Baldwin book: typescript, proof copy, correspondence, notebooks, research materials, reviews, and photographs.

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Fonds was purchased by Bertram Rota 1 November 1982 for McMaster University.


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