Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US40
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers collected by Professor Windle
Extent1 box
DescriptionPapers relating to the foundation of the University of Birmingham assembled by Professor Windle. The collection comprises correspondence to and from Windle regarding the establishment of a University in Birmingham together with memoranda, reports, circulars and other printed materials relating to the proposals for the University.
ArrangementThe collection is arranged chronologically in two series:
US40/1-39: manuscript items
US40/40-108: printed material
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers.
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 is also available in the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections Department.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistorySir Bertram Coghill Alan Windle (1858-1929) was actively involved in the merger of the Medical Faculties of Queen's College, Birmingham and of Mason College (both predecessor colleges of the University of Birmingham) in 1892 and he became the first Dean of the newly created Queen's Faculty of Medicine. He was also involved in the early move towards a Midland University and served on the Proposed University of Birmingham Executive Committee which was set up in 1898. He became the first Professor of Anatomy at University of Birmingham when it received charter in 1900 and also continued to serve as Dean of the Medical Faculty. In 1905 he left Birmingham to become Principal of Cork University.

References: Eric W. Vincent and Percival Hinton, The University of Birmingham Its History and Significance (Birmingham, Cornish Brothers Ltd, 1947); Maurice Cheesewright, Mirror to a Mermaid (Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, 1975)
AcquisitionThis collection was transferred to the University of Birmingham Special Collections Department from the Barnes Medical Library in 2000.
Related MaterialUniversity of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and its predecessor colleges and archives of other former staff, officials and students.


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