New accessions - September to December 2013

Posted on Wednesday 5th February 2014

Archives and manuscripts

Personal and family papers

Edith M. Barling (1887-1961), writer: small compilation of letters and papers relating to Miss Barling’s literary interests, 1897-1940. Finding No: MS867

Sara Ebrahimi, researcher: photographs of the former CMS hospital in Kerman, Iran (in Persian: 'Morsalin' [missionary] hospital) taken in 2011. Finding No: CMS/ACC1006

Dorothy Edith King (1910-1997), teacher and missionary: album of photographs, correspondence and papers compiled whilst serving as a missionary in Egypt with the Church Missionary Society, [1945]-1952. Finding No: CMS/ACC1005

Kathleen Grace Lloyd (fl 1912-1943), nurse (additional deposit): manuscript notebook serving as a key to a group photograph: giving names of staff at First Southern General Hospital which was based in the Great Hall, University of Birmingham during the First World War, 1916. Finding No: MS44

Vera Holme Manley, (1890-1968), later Vera Moody of Kingston, Jamaica, pianist and educationalist: letters and papers relating to Vera Manley including a letter which she sent from Petrograd giving an eye-witness account of events during the Russian revolution of February 1917, 1917-2011. Finding No: MS866

MS866 Papers relating to Vera Manley donated to CRL by Vera’s daughter - Review by George Dibble, (BA History, final year), Cadbury Research Library Volunteer, 24 Jan 2014
‘It is no longer a strike but the revolution that I have hinted at in so many letters’, writes Vera Manly in a letter to her family, Feb / March 1917. Whilst studying music at the Academy in Petrograd (later Leningrad, now St Petersburg), Vera charts the unfolding events of the 1917 Russian Revolution. This unique eye-witness account, written over seven days, offers us a valuable insight into the downfall of the Russian Czar by the hands of the revolutionaries. The letter records the cries for bread of the workers as they paraded down the Nevsky, to the mutiny of the regiments and the razing of the Senate as the soldiers sided with the people. It is a shame that Vera’s earlier letters of her time in Russia are not also with this collection; nevertheless, this new accession, now available for research, will be particularly interesting for anyone studying Russian history and the events of Feb / March 1917.

Records of organisations, societies and businesses

British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (additional deposit): first issue of born digital newsletter published by BATOD December 2013. Finding No: BATOD

British Institute of Organ Studies: October 2013 issue of the ‘BIOS Reporter’. Finding No: BOA

'Embrace the Middle East' (formerly Biblelands) (additional deposit): Christmas issue of the supporter magazine entitled, 'Embrace', 2013. Finding No: MS203

Midland Masters Athletic Club (additional deposit): 'The Midland Master Athlete', numbers 234-238, February-December 2013. Finding No: ATH

UK Youth (additional deposit): printed material published by UK Youth, including material for trainers and youth workers and items relating to Youth Achievement Awards, 1999-2010. Finding No: MS227

University Archives

Academic Faculties, Schools and Departments

Medical School: 1966 Yearbook featuring entries and photographs for University of Birmingham medical students and graduates who left the University in 1966, including accounts of their lives and careers 

Staff Papers

Barker, Sidney Alan (b. 1926), Professor of Chemistry (additional deposit): Typescript narrative of Barker's life and career, with particular memories and events described in short chapters, 2013: Finding No: US116

Smith, Robert Ernest Frederick (1922-2010), Professor of Russian (additional deposit): Correspondence in Russian relating to Alexander Baykov, Professor of Russian at the University of Birmingham, founder of the Department of Economics and Institutions of the USSR within the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science and an influential figure in the establishment of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies which was established shortly after his death in 1963. These papers presumably came into Smith's possession following Baykov's death. Finding No: US115

Student (Alumni) Papers

Punjabi Jagdish, Parul: Copies of DVD-R discs containing short films made for 'Engaging with Archives and Heritage' project run for postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham 2012-2013 comprising a time lapse 'Day at UoB' film made on the university campus showing activity in Chancellor's Court, interspersed with short vox pop interviews with students, and 'Memories- An Ode', a film linking Parul Punjabi's childhood and family life in India with the landscape and environment surrounding him in Birmingham, with associated papers. Finding No: USS92