Can anyone help me with the following piece of research?: In my paper
at Mythcon, I talked about the origins of The Abolition of Man.
One of the things that I talked about was the Riddell Memorial Lectures.
This was the lecture series in which Lewis gave the talks that
became the book. There is surprisingly little general information about
the lecture series anywhere on the Internet. Here is the only general
document about the series that I have been about to find:
I know that the series is given at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
(which used to be King's College, Newcastle, which was just a branch campus of
the University of Durham when the lecture series started). I know who it's
named after and when it started. I'm pretty sure that it was
annual from 1928 to 1971 and biannual after that point (with couple of random
years dropped over its history) and that it still exists, as of 2010.
There's no complete list of all the lectures anywhere that I can
find. There's no webpage about the series (and no Wikipedia entry for
it). There's no indication of how to reach anyone connected with running
it or keeping a general history of it. By doing an enormous amount of
Googling, I have been able to find out the title of the lectures and the name of
the lecturer for 41 of the (approximately) 62 times that it has been
given. (Most, perhaps all, of the lectures were published as books.)
Does anyone know anything more about the series or know how to find out
more about it? Yeah, I suppose that I could try contacting random
administrators at the University of Newcastle, but I suspect that I would get
ignored, passed on to other people who would ignore me, and told to mind my own