Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)DA20
TitlePapers of Robert Hall
Extent1 volume containing 42 documents plus 22 loose enclosures
Date1788-c 1825
DescriptionVolume of papers of Robert Hall [1764-1831], including: correspondence from Hall to Dr. John Ryland and one letter from Robert Hall senior; a double page of notes on the translation of the New Testament; a [funeral] sermon preached by Hall [for Dr. Ryland]
ArrangementCorrespondence is arranged mainly in chronological order [with some discrepancies] and includes the pages of notes and sermon; volume is paginated accordingly
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.

A photocopy of the article 'Letters from Robert Hall to John Ryland 1791-1824, by Geoffrey F. Nuttall, is kept with the provenance records and contains a detailed itemised list of the letters. (For further bibliographic information, see Publication Note field below).
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionThe volume was previously shelved with printed material at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre, classmark 'S 266 FM'. It is now stored with the file folder containing related loose enclosures '/A-/V' under the finding number DA20.
Administrative HistoryRobert Hall was born 2 May, 1764. His father, Robert Hall Sr., was pastor of a Baptist church at Arnesby, Leicestershire and published 'Help to Zion's Travellers'. Hall spent 3 years at the Baptist Academy in Bristol. He then attended Aberdeen University but later returned to Bristol. There he became tutor at the Academy and assistant minister at Broadmead Chapel. He later became pastor of what is now St. Andrew's Street Baptist Church, Cambridge. In 1807, he moved to Harvey Lane, Leicester and married Mary [nee ?], a maid-servant. He returned to Broadmead circa 1827 and died 21 Feb, 1831.
Custodial HistoryUnknown deposit to the Selly Oak Colleges Central Library [later forming part of the Orchard Learning Resources Centre]. The inside front cover of the volume contains the following manuscript note: 'Bought Feb 10th from [Ifan Kyrle] Fletcher, "Merridall", Caerlon Mon. (formerly of Bond St., London), who bought the collection from a book seller, whom he now reports as being dead'

It was then transferred to the Orchard Learning Resources Centre which was opened in 1997 following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges Library and the Westhill College Library. IIn 2000, the custodianship of all archive collections held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre was transferred to the University of Birmingham.

Cataloguing of the records was undertaken by the Special Collections department, University of Birmingham, in June 2000, as a result of the University of Birmingham's relationship with Selly Oak Colleges endowment trust.
Associated MaterialsVarious collections containing papers of John Ryland are listed with the UK
National Register of Archives
Publication Note'Letters from Robert Hall to John Ryland 1791-1824', by Geoffrey F. Nuttall, published in the 'Baptist Quarterly', circa February 1990; ['The miscellaneous works and remains of Robert Hall: with a memoir of his life', ed Olinthus Gregory (London Henry G. Bohn, 1849)]


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