Papers relating to military and civilian service of University staff during the Second World War. The papers are mostly arranged alphabetically by individual, and relate to particular instances of staff secondment for war duties or reservation in existing occupation. The file includes correspondence relating to a pre-war request for information about planned wartime obligations. Other subjects covered include: requests for academics to act as public speakers for propaganda/public information purposes, the provision of special war-related courses by University staff, release of staff from service obligations, the special deferment of University medical teaching staff , and applications by University for reservation of particular individuals.
Overall, the file provides important information about University staff's war time service, including work undertaken by staff in reserved positions, and the operation of the University during wartime. The file also contains useful information on pre-war planning, the recruitment to staff to administrative war positions , and discharges from service. Some items of note include: Lewis Namier's work for the Jewish Agency, and the wartime experiences of Willis Jackson and the economist John Jewkes as civil servants.