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H J Massingham Collection

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Reference D MASM
Covering dates 1918 - 1957
Held by Museum of English Rural Life
Extent 39 Documents
Source of acquisition Accession no: DX225
The records were deposited in April 1997 as a gift by Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury.
Creators Massingham, H J, 1888-1952, journalist
Arrangement D MASM/A1-5 Biographical and personal information
D MASM/B1-2 Correspondence
D MASM/C1-3 Research material
D MASM/D1-5 Reference material
D MASM/E1-5 Published works
D MASM/F1-7 Draft copies of work
D MASM/H1-12 Photographs
Bibliography 'The Wisdom of the Fields', 1945.
'Where Man Belongs', 1946.
'A Mirror of England: An Anthology of the writings of H.J. Massingham', (edited by E. Abelson), 1988.
Note List compiled April 1997.

Administrative history:
Harold John Massingham was born in 1888 and spent his early life in London where he received a conventional middle class education at Westminster School. This was followed by Queen's College Oxford at which he first read history, later transferring to English literature but he failed to graduate due to illness.
Massingham returned to London to follow a career in journalism where he worked for the 'Morning Leader', 'National Press Agency', and the 'Athenaeum' 1912-14. He made weekly contributions to the 'Nation' and 'Athenaeum' 1916-24. He also contributed to the 'Field' 1938-51 and the 'Spectator' in 1951.
As a precursor to the modern ecological movement and a major contributor to English rural literature he encompassed all facets of English rural life from pre-history to the twentieth century. Massingham's interests in literature, art, ornithology, archaeology, anthropology, geology, topography, agricultural and rural history were all brought to bear on his subject of England and it's countryside. He died in 1952.


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