Archive Collection LE - Evetts (Leonard) Archive

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Evetts (Leonard) Archive


  • 1909 - 1997 (approx) (Creation)

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Extent and medium

49 boxes

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Archival history

Passed to Leonard Evetts' widow, and subsequently donated to Newcastle University.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

One portion of the archive was gifted by Phyllis Margaret Evetts to Newcastle University Libraries in 2011. A second portion of the archive, originally gifted to the Hatton Gallery Newcastle University, was transferred by agreement with Phyllis Margaret Evetts to the University Library in 2016.

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Leonard Charles Evetts (1909-1997) was a designer and artist, and the Head of Design at Kings College Newcastle between 1963-1974 (now Newcastle University). Evetts is known primarily for working in stained glass, calligraphy and watercolour, although the full range of his design work was extensive, and included various more unusal commissions from milk cartons to ceremonial ornaments. His contribution to building and artefact conservation was also significant and within this remit he was Vice-Chairman of the Council for the Care of Churches, between 1972-81, and a member of Newcastle Diocesan Advisory Committee (on new installations and additions) for over fifty years. Over four hundred examples of his stained glass work exist in Britain, including his most ambitious work at St Nicholas, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland comprising of forty-six individual windows.

This archive of Leonard Evetts' work, kindly transferred to Newcastle University Library by his widow in 2016, comprises largely of his commission project files. These files are of great research value, containing large scale colour designs as well as sketches and commission correspondence. They span hundreds of commissions which include paintings, the design and restoration of armorials, the design of ceremonial and religious objects, and the design and execution of over 300 stained glass windows in both religious and secular settings.

In addition, the collection also includes a smaller representation of other aspects of Leonard Evetts' work including some watercolours, lettering studies and some personal family items.

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No further material is expected to be added to the collection

System of arrangement

Organised by Evetts in his lifetime into separate project folders, with file contents filed in approximate date order. This original order has been retained.

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Conditions governing access

Open with some restrictions: data protection researcher interview may be required. Special Collections staff will provide researchers with further details of these restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

UK copyright law applies. For all works created by Leonard Evetts, copyright ownership remains with the Evetts estate.

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  • English
  • Latin

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Paper documents, drawings, photographs, objects

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This description created by Ruth Sheret 15 September 2022


  • English



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