Papers of Arthur Eustace Morgan, first Principal of University College Hull, 1926-1935

Scope and Content

This collection contains papers relating to A.E. Morgan's personal and professional lives. Work files include student essays by A.E. Morgan; correspondence and other papers relating to his work at the Universities of Exeter, Sheffield and McGill and the University College of Hull; newspaper cuttings, reviews and articles relating to A.E. Morgan's work and publications; correspondence, reports and notebooks relating to his work at the British Council, and correspondence relating to his Wardenship of Toynbee Hall.

There is also a series of published volumes and articles written by A.E. Morgan, and published reviews of works by A.E. Morgan, as well as a series of appointment diaries kept by A.E. Morgan, containing brief handwritten notes relating to visits, trips, meetings and other events, including very brief notes on his time in the army during the First World War. The collection also includes files of personal correspondence containing letters sent by A.E. Morgan whilst travelling abroad for his role at the British Council, as well as files of mixed personal and work correspondence, relating to his work in general, his publications, personal news and his involvement with charitable organisations such as the National Association of Boys' Clubs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Eustace Morgan was born in Bristol on 26 July 1886.

He was officially appointed as the first Principal of the University on 18 June 1926 and would continue as the Principal until 1935 when he was succeeded by John H. Nicholson. Hector Hetherington, then Professor of Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University and former Principal of University College, Exeter recommended Morgan for the post of Principal. Morgan had been Hetherington's deputy at Exeter from 1920 to 1923 and had taken part in the process by which Exeter was elevated to University College status. Morgan had also been Publicity Secretary to the Committee for the Furtherance of University Education in the South West for several years and had been a Professor at Sheffield University. [from U DX81]

He spent two years as Principal of McGill University in Montreal, Canada before returning to the UK and working with the Ministry of Labour during the war. He died on 3 February 1972.


U DAE/1 Work Files and Notebooks

U DAE/2 Publications

U DAE/3 Diaries

U DAE/4 Correspondence Files

Access Information

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Donated to the archives by his two grand-daughters in June 2012

Related Material

Typescript version of the text by Thomas William Bamford that was subsequently published as 'The University of Hull: The First Fifty Years' [U DX172]

Personnel file of Dr A.E. Morgan [U PHR/1/48].