University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Henry Arthur Smith

Scope and Content

Manuscript notebooks compiled by Henry Arthur Smith during his Ph.D. research into the life and thought of William Hale White [Mark Rutherford], including his religious background, journalistic and other published work. Includes file of loose notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Arthur Smith (b 1914) was educated at King George V School, Southport and at the University of Birmingham. He obtained a BA in English in 1936 and his PhD in English was conferred in 1939, the title of his thesis being The Life and Thought of William Hale White . He was appointed as a temporary part time lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham in 1939, becoming full time in 1944. He remained in this post until about 1970.

Reference: Archives of the University of Birmingham

For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of University of Birmingham Press. 2000 ).


Notebooks arranged according to original numbered sequence used by Henry Arthur Smith (notebook 10 missing).

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