University of Manchester, Department of Italian Studies archive

Scope and Content

Minutes of the Departmental Board of Italian Studies for 1989-2003 (DIS/1). After 1996, minutes are only present for September 1999, November 2002, and July 2003. Minutes for 1973-1988 have not been located. Also present are minutes for the Staff-Student Consultative Committee, 1998-2003 (DIS/2).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Department was established with the appointment of E G Gardner to the chair of Italian in 1920. In 1944, the chair of Italian was suspended, and not revived until 1961, when Giovanni Aquilecchia was appointed.

The Department taught an honours degree in Italian, as well as various joint honours degrees and the ordinary B.A. It was part of the Faculty of Arts. A departmental board was established for the Department in 1973 in line with the revised University Charter. As a small department, it did not develop the elaborate bureaucracy of committees and working groups of some larger University departments. Instead, School of Modern Languages took on many administrative arrangements for the department from the mid-1980s, in conjunction with the other modern European language departments.

  • E G Gardner, 1920-1923
  • Piero Rèbora, 1923-1932
  • Mario Praz, 1932-1934
  • Walter Bullock, 1935-1944
  • Giovanni Aquilecchia, 1961-1970
  • T G Griffith, 1971-1988
  • David Robey, 1988-2000
  • Maggie Günsberg, 2000-2004

Conditions Governing Access

Reserved business of the Departmental Board contained in this archive is closed to public inspection.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition Information

The records were transferred to the University Archives by the Faculty of Humanities Office in May 2006 (Acc.2006/15).

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


Further accruals possible.

Related Material

The uncatalogued archive of the School of Modern Languages, 1985-2004, includes records of committees whose remit included the Department. The Faculty of Arts archive will contain information relating to admissions, curriculum and examination matters for this department (FAR). Annual reports (1921-1996) can be found in the Reports of Council (UOP/2).

Vice-Chancellor's files for the Department include additional information about administrative and personnel matters: VCA/7/59 and VCA/7/427 1953-1969. the file for 1969-1988 is uncatalogued (and closed to public inspection).

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