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Warren H. Lewis Diaries Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-117 through 121

Scope and Contents

This archive includes diary entries from January 1, 1912-July 12, 1972. Excerpts from earlier entries can be found in bound volumes of the "Lewis Family Papers," which Warren edited after retiring from a career in the Royal Army Service Corps in 1930. Volumes XIII-XVI show a listing of "contents" which Warren included on the cover pages of the volumes, but this practice was discontinued in later volumes. Warren also tended to number the pages of his diaries; both Warren's page count and the actual page count are given where the actual page count differs from Warren's numbering system.  Researchers may note that Warren often began a new volume of the diary with a quotation from literature or the Bible, and that he included original artwork, photographs and newspaper clippings in his diary, the latter two especially concentrated in later volumes.

Also included at the end of the archive are the seven 'Travel Journals' that Warren kept while vacationing in England and Ireland.


  • Created: 1912-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Permission to reproduce or publish content by Warren H. Lewis must be obtained from The Marion E. Wade Center.

Biographical or Historical Information

After his retirement, Warren became a scholar in his own right, publishing a number of highly regarded historical works. He lived with his brother at the Kilns in Oxford, functioning as his secretary until Jack's death in 1963. Until the summer before his own death in April of 1973, Warren continued to write in his diary about which he commented: "But I shall persevere, for even in my loneliness I find some comfort in it" (Feb. 18, 1967).


5.00 boxes : 75 folders

2.3 Linear Feet

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This archive contains a copy of the diary of Warren H. Lewis (1895-1973), the elder brother of C.S. (Jack) Lewis. The complete diary covers a span of fifty years, and fills twenty-three hand-written "volumes." Also included at the end of the archive are the seven "Travel Journals" that Warren kept while vacationing in England and Ireland.

Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

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

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

Warren H. Lewis Papers

Warren H. Lewis Diary Inserts Archive

Warren H. Lewis Letter Collection

Warren H. Lewis Walking Tour Maps Collection

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

Other Descriptive Information

Includes an (pre-1980) acquisition file. There is a research copy of this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Nerlove

Warren H. Lewis Diaries Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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