Papers of Robert Hall

Scope and Content

Volume of papers of Robert Hall (1764-1831), including: correspondence from Hall to Dr. John Ryland and one letter from Robert Hall senior; a double page of notes on the translation of the New Testament; a [funeral] sermon preached by Hall for Dr. Ryland.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Hall was born 2 May 1764. His father, Robert Hall senior, was pastor of a Baptist church at Arnesby, Leicestershire and published Help to Zion's Travellers . Hall spent 3 years at the Baptist Academy in Bristol. He then attended Aberdeen University but later returned to Bristol. There he became tutor at the Academy and assistant minister at Broadmead Chapel. He later became pastor of what is now St. Andrew's Street Baptist Church, Cambridge. In 1807, he moved to Harvey Lane, Leicester and married Mary [ne ?], a maid-servant. He returned to Broadmead circa 1827 and died 21 February, 1831.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( ). Accessed April 2002.


Correspondence is arranged mainly in chronological order and includes the pages of notes and sermon.

Access Information

Open. Access to all bona fide researchers. All papers held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre will be viewed at the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department. Please contact the University Archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown deposit to the Selly Oak Colleges Central Library (later forming part of the Orchard Learning Resources Centre).

Other Finding Aids

See full catalogue for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

Following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges and the University of Birmingham in 1999 the custodial ownership of collections belonging to the Selly Oak Colleges and held at the Orchard Learning and Resource Centre (OLRC) was transferred to the University. These collections now form part of the University's Special Collections Department and are available for consultation at the Main Library on the University's Edgbaston Campus.

Related Material

The University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department holds a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.


Letters from Robert Hall to John Ryland 1791-1824 , by Geoffrey F. Nuttall, published in the Baptist Quarterly , circa February 1990; The miscellaneous works and remains of Robert Hall: with a memoir of his life , edited by Olinthus Gregory (London Henry G. Bohn, 1849).