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Papers of George Aylwin Hogg

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MS. 12462

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Papers of George Aylwin Hogg comprising:
  1. Letters from George Hogg, Sep 1937- Jul 1945, mainly to his parents and (1944-1945) to Rewi Alley, describing his travels in the United States and Japan and his work and life in China
  2. Articles, 1937-1944, by George Hogg about the United States, Japan and China including reports on the Sino-Japanese War and descriptions of the co-operative movement in China and the Bailie schools. With cuttings of some articles published in The Manchester Guardian and Japan Times and Mail, letters from The Manchester Guardian and letter from a literary agency with a review of I See a New China.
  3. Letters and papers from others, 1938-1984, including letter from Muriel Lester to her sister, extracts from Rewi Alley's diary describing George Hogg's last days, letters to Mr and Mrs Hogg from Alley, Chang Fu-liang (General Secretary of the Chinese Industrial Co-operatives), Brian Harland (geologist), Margery Fry (as chairperson of the China Campaign Committtee), K.L. Chang (Director of the Chinese Industrial Co-operatives, Lanchow Area) and others, copy of Hogg's last will, lists of his personal belongings, obituaries and tributes.


  • 1937-1984


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 12462

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12462


Papers of George Aylwin Hogg.

Biographical / Historical

George Aylwin Hogg was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, in January 1915. He attended St George's School, Harpenden, and Wadham College, Oxford. In 1937 he embarked on a world tour with his aunt, the social reformer and pacificst Muriel Lester (1883-1968), visiting the United States, Japan and then China. While travelling he worked as a freelance journalist and reported on the Second Sino-Japanese War, including the capture of Hankow by the Japanese in 1938.

While in China Hogg encountered the Chinese Industrial Co-operatives and, having spent time on a co-operative farm in the United States, he joined the movement, quickly mastered the Chinese language and became the first English secretary of the C.I.C. Regional Office. In 1942, working with New Zealander Rewi Alley, he established the Baillie School at Shuangshipu, a technical training school for co-operative apprentices. Hogg's account of his work, I see a new China, was published in 1944. Early in 1945, to escape the Japanese advance north-west, he moved the school to Sandan in Gansu province, a journey of 700 miles through mountain passes. Hogg died suddenly of tetanus at Sandan on 22 July 1945.

Custodial History

The papers were deposited at St George's School, Harpendon, from 2010 to 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mark Aylwin Thomas in May 2017.


  • Blades of Grass. The story of George Aylwin Hogg, Mark Aylwin Thomas (AuthorHouse, 2017)
Papers of George Aylwin Hogg
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom