Leslie F. Newman Collection

Ref: MS 01-006

Title: Leslie F. Newman Collection

Scope: Fifteen volumes of newspaper cuttings collected by Leslie F. Newman. The cuttings relate to folklore and magic, and mostly date from the early to mid 20th century.

Dates: 1829-1970
Level: Fonds
Extent: 15 volumes
Name of creator: Leslie Newman

Administrative / biographical history:
The collection comprises fifteen volumes of newspaper cuttings collected by Leslie F. Newman which relate to folklore and magic, particularly but not exclusively in East Anglia, dating mostly from the early 1920s to 1970. The cuttings are taken from a range of magazines and newspapers, and include articles on witchcraft, folklore, country customs, ghosts, etc.

Leslie Newman came from farming stock, and became an agricultural chemist and a Fellow of St. Catherine’s, Cambridge. He had a considerable knowledge of the East Anglian countryside, and a keen interest in folklore and related topics. In old age, he passed the volumes on to Dr. Alan Gauld, of the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham, who later donated them to the University of Sheffield.

Leslie Newman died in the early 1970s.

The collection was donated to the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition at the University of Sheffield in October 2001 by Dr. Gauld. It was then transferred to the Special Collections Department in the University Library in 2008.

  • Source: Donated in 2001
  • System of arrangement: As received
  • Subjects: Folklore – England – East Anglia; Magic – England – East Anglia
  • Names: Newman, Leslie; Gauld, Alan
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: According to document
  • Finding aids: Listed