Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US35
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Kenneth William Humphreys
Extent29 cartons
DescriptionCorrespondence, research materials, drafts and copies of publications relating to librarianship, his involvement in professional and scholarly organisations and to his research interests including palaeography and medieval and Renaissance texts. It includes correspondence and papers, for example, relating to his involvement with the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), SCAUL, the Panizzi lectures he delivered in 1987, the British Council, and his work as a consultant. Included are files on the international symposiums and conferences he attended all over the world relating to librarianship and related studies.
There are also papers relating to his involvement with the Birmimgham University Athletic Union: he served as President of the University's Men's Athletic Club.
Many offprints of published articles and papers; postcard and other reproductions of various illuminated texts, etc
There does not appear to be any correspondence or other papers relating to KWH's personal collection of manuscripts, catalogued as collection KWH.
Access ConditionsOpen. Access to all registered researchers.
Finding AidsThe collection is uncatalogued.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryKenneth William Humphreys, 1916-1995, B.Litt, MA, PhD, FLA; Librarian, European University Institute, Florence, 1975-1981; educated at Southfield School, Oxford and St Catherine's College, Oxford. Library assistant, All Souls College, Oxford, 1933-1936; assistant at Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1936-1950; Deputy Librarian, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, 1950-1952; Librarian, University of Birmingham, 1952-1975; Professor of library studies, Haifa University, 1982; honorary lecturer in palaeography, University of Leeds, 1950-1952; University of Birmingham, 1952-1975; Panizzi lecturer, Panizzi Trust, 1987; honorary secretary, Standing Conference of National and University Libraries, 1954-1969, Vice-Chairman, 1969-1971, Chairman, 1971-1973; member of the Library Advancement Council for England, 1966-1971; member of Council, Library Association, Chairman, 1973; Chairman of the Executive Committee, West Midlands Regional Library Bureau, 1963-1975; Chairman of the Joint Standing Conference and Committee on Library Cooperation, 1965-1975; National Committee on Regional Library Cooperation, 1970-1975; member of the Comite International de Palaeographie, and Colloque International de Palaeographie, 1955-1994; President: National and University Libraries Section, International Federation of Library Associations, 1968-1970, President of the University Libraries Sub-Section, 1967-1973; Ligue des Bibliotheques Europeennes des Recherche, 1974-1980; Round Table on Library History, 1978-1982; member of Committee, British Academy Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 1983-1995 (secretary 1983-1994); Editor, Studies in the History of Libraries and Librarianship; Joint editor, Series of Reproductions of Medieval and Renaissance Texts; Honorary DLitt Dublin (Trinity College), 1967; Honorary FLA, 1980; Socio d'onore, Italian Library Association, 1982.

Publications: The Book Provisions of the Medieval Friars , 1964; The Medieval Library of the Carmelites at Florence , 1964; The Library of the Franciscans of the Convent of St Antony, Padua at the Beginning of the Fifteenth Century , 1966; The Library of the Franciscans of Siena in the Fifteenth Century , 1977; A National Library in Theory and Practice , 1988; The Friars (Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues , 1990; articles in library periodicals.

Reference: Who's Who 1995 ( London, 1995).

For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz 'The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History' (The University of University of Birmingham Press, 2000); for further reading about Humphreys' time as University Librarian, see James Thompson, 'A Centennial History of the Library of the University of Birmingham, 1880-1995' (University of Birmingham, 2000)
Related MaterialUniversity of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections also holds the Humphreys Bequest: Humphreys' collection of medieval and modern manuscripts (GB 0150 KWH)

The Special Collections Department also holds the tape recording of a 35 minute interview with Dr Humphreys, recorded by D.Gerard for College of Librarianship Wales, 1976 (Librarians speaking: 8) in its printed book collections, classmark: rZ792.B6

University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students.