Papers of William Ranulf Brock, 1916-2014, Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

Materials relating to Scotland and America in the 18th and 19th centuries, collected by William Ranulf Brock

Mainly press cutting reviews of his work, drafts of novels, notes and notebooks, audio cassettes. Accompanied by manuscript list of papers and typed list of Hendry's publications 1942-1989

Administrative / Biographical History

William Ranulf Brock was born on 16 May 1916 and was educated at Trinity College, University of Cambridge where he graduated MA and PhD. He was the Senior Scholar in 1936 and was the Earl of Derby Research Student in 1937; in 1940 he became the Prize Fellow (in absentia). He undertook his military service in the Army from 1939-1945. Following this he took up the post of Assistant Master at Eton College from 1946-1947. He was a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1947-1967. From 1952-1953 and also in 1958, he was the Commonwealth Fund Fellow at Berkeley University, California and at the universities of Yale and Johns Hopkins. In 1967 he became Professor of Modern History, at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He became the Visiting Professor of Michigan University in 1968 and at Washington University in 1970. He was also the Charles Warren Fellow at Harvard University in 1976. His publications include: 'Lord Liverpool and Liberal Toryism, 1941'; 'The Character of American History ,1960'; 'The Evolution of American Democracy, 1970' and 'Politics and Political Conscience, 1978'.He died on the 12th November 2014, aged 98.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

Access is open, however an appointment may be required. Please email Archives and Special Collections for advice:

Acquisition Information

Gift : William R Brock : 15 Dec 1981 : ACCN 4592

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to Archives and Special Collections, please email:

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Files 6-8 were retained for use by Bernard Aspinwall, Modern History Department, and deposited by him, 5 May 1995


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