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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 81, Summer 1999

Walter Hooper's Papers Original Article

Why did Walter Hooper’s friends at the Manuscripts Department of the WilsonLibrary at the University of North Carolina abruptly withdraw his
collection of C. S. Lewis-related correspondence from public access shortly
after some of its incriminating and embarrassing content was revealed in
1995 in Light in the Shadowlands? A curious non-answer to that question is
provided by Hooper in his 1997 reference volume C. S. Lewis: Companion and
Guide: “The Curator says: ‘Since the Manuscripts Department continues to
receive material from Walter Hooper, the papers are restricted until all
additions have been received and processing is complete.”

This seems to mean that so long as Hooper lives, the significant papers he
sold to his alma mater in 1980 and 1993 will be wi
thheld from researchers. (They were not, of course, withheld from
researchers until after 1995.)