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Special Collections: Hans

History of Education Sources

About the Collection

Nicholas Hans (1888-1969) was born and educated in Russia, and taught at the University of Odessa. After the 1917 Revolution he settled in London and was associated with King's College. In the 1920s he began to work on the Year Book of Education, continuing this work until the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1946 he was appointed lecturer at King's College, becoming a Reader in Comparative Education in 1948.

During this time he collaborated with Joseph Lauwerys in the Comparative Education Department of the Institute of Education, University of London, supervising higher degree students and arranging overseas trips, and he continued these activities after his retirement in 1953.

He wrote and published on a wide range of topics, including comparative education, educational policy in Russia, and the history of Russian and eighteenth century education

The basis of the Hans Collection is books bequeathed to the Institute by Dr Hans. They are mainly on comparative education and on the education systems of Europe. Later books of historical importance have been added from time to time.

Size: 26 metres of shelving

Type/format: Books

Dates: c.1770 - 1980

Accrual policy: Closed

Location:  Bedford Way

Reference only. By prior arrangement with the Special Collections Librarian. Contact the Library Enquiry Desk in the first instance.

The whole collection, including later additions, is listed in the card catalogue (author / title; subject ; country) beside the stairs on Level 3 West.

Some of the collection is catalogued and is listed on the online Library Catalogue.

A catalogue of the original bequest was published as Supplement 19 of the Education Libraries Bulletin:
In memoriam Nicholas Hans : the man, his books, his papers, edited by Robert Williams. (Institute of Education Library, 1975)

In memoriam Nicholas Hans

The Library has a number of published works by Nicholas Hans.  You can find these by searching the Library Catalogue.  Additionally, the book published in honour of Hans by Robert Williams has a full list of published works, including journal articles.