Records of the Institute of Rural Life at Home and Overseas

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, publications, administrative files relating to conferences, lecture programmes. The papers relate only to operations of the Institute within Great Britain.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Institute was set up in 1949 with headquarters in London. It promoted lectures, conferences and courses of study on rural life at home and overseas. It maintained contact with societies around the world which had interest in rural life, as well as Government Departments, churches, missionary societies and the United Nations. It had a small library and provided an information and advisory service. The Institute was dissolved in 1983.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Online Archive Catalogue  (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/).  Accessed April 2002.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Deposited in 1984 with the Selly Oak Colleges by the Institute of Rural Life at Home and Overseas.

Other Finding Aids

A brief description is available in electronic format on the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department website: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ and in paper format within the Department.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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

Overseas material of the Institute is held at the Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh.