Special Collections & Archives



Hewlett Johnson Papers

Deposited papers and some books from Hewlett Johnson, the 'Red' Dean of Canterbury (1931-1963). In 2007 the collection was given to the University of Kent by members of Johnson's family, who also donated additional photographs and papers.


Hewlett Johnson arriving in Moscow, August 1949

Johnson's notes on Christians and Communism

Daily Worker tribute to Hewlett Johnson

Johnson describes the Canterbury Blitz of 1942

The collection

The collection consists of:

  • photographs, which reflect the full range of Hewlett Johnson's interests and activities, both as a private and public figure
  • correspondence with his wide range of contacts at home and abroad
  • copies of his writings, both published and unpublished;
  • notes for sermons
  • diaries of foreign travel kept by his second wife Nowell
  • collections of newspaper cuttings
  • Canterbury Cathedral Chapter meeting minutes, between September 1936 - December 1939;
  • postcards
  • miscellaneous items including posters and other ephemera.

Collection in brief

Contents: personal papers, books, photographs, postcards, cuttings, notes, meeting minutes
Period: 20th century
Subjects: religion, history, politics, travel

Catalogued: yes


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