Thomas Letters

Scope and Content

Letters from various correspondents addressed to the Faculty of Law, UCL, on the death of Professor Joseph Antony Charles Thomas, 1981.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Antony Charles Thomas was born in 1923, educated at the County Grammar School, Bridgend and served with the Intelligence Corps, Psychological Warfare Branch, and Allied Commission, Austria, 1942-1946. He attended Trinity College Cambridge; BA, 1948; MA, LLB, 1949; Lecturer in Law, Nottingham University, 1949-1954; barrister, Gray's Inn, 1950; member of the UK National Committee on Company Law from 1952; Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, 1954-1957; Douglas Professor of Civil Law, University of Glasgow, 1957-1965; Professor of Roman Law, University College London, 1965-1981; member of Council, Society for Roman Studies, 1968-1971; Crabtree Orator, 1969; member of the Comitato Internaz Scientifico, IURA, from 1969; Medaglia d'oro dei benemeriti della cultura della Repubblica Italiana, 1974; died, 1981. Publications: Private International Law (Hutchinson's University Library, London, 1955); with John Cyril Smith, A Casebook on Contract (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 1957); The Institutes of Justinian (North Holland Publishing Co, Amsterdam and Oxford, 1975); Textbook of Roman Law (North Holland Publishing Co, Amsterdam and Oxford, 1976); articles in various legal periodicals.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor Lord Lloyd, Faculty of Laws, UCL, in 1982.

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Related Material

The Thomas Papers (17 boxes) held at UCL, Special Collections. Includes papers and correspondence, 1939-1981, of Professor Joseph Anthony Charles Thomas concerning his work, comprising manuscript and typescript notes for lectures attended while a student at Cambridge, 1939-1947; typescripts and manuscripts for The Institutes of Justinian; typescripts and manuscripts, including translations, for various articles, lectures and talks, some unpublished; texts for his lectures at Nottingham, 1953-1954, Glasgow, 1955-1961, and University College London, 1965-1980 and undated; general correspondence, 1953-1978, correspondence concerning book reviews, 1962-1980, correspondence concerning articles, 1966-1969, 1975-1981, and correspondence concerning outside talks, A Casebook on Contract, Textbook of Roman Law, and The Institutes of Justinian.

University College London, Special Collections also holds the Archives of University College London, 1824-2000, comprising College Council and Committee records, 1825-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/CC); records of the Managing Committee and its predecessors, 1831-1968 (Ref: UCLCA/CM); Senate, Professorial and Academic Board records, 1826-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/ACAD); general administration papers, 1824-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/ADMIN); legal records [1824]-1993 (Ref: UCLCA/LEG); financial records, 1825-1939 (Ref: UCLCA/FIN); estates records, 1825-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/EST); personnel records, 1826-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/PERS); departmental records, 1827-[1986] (Ref: UCLCA/DEP), including the Institute of Archaeology, 1884-1998 (Ref: UCLCA/IA), Petrie Museum, 1814-1992 (Ref: UCLCA/PETMUS/WFP1-2), and Slade School of Fine Art, 1868-1996 (Ref: UCLCA/SS); student administration records, 1828-2000 (Ref: UCLCA/SA); student bodies records, 1833-1992 (Ref: UCLCA/SB); University College School records, 1829-1905 (Ref: UCLCA/UCS); printed matter, including annual reports, College calendars, and other College publications; illustrative and audio-visual material, including photographs, portraits, newscuttings and film footage. Some parts are held at UCL's Records Office.