This artificial collection consists of newspapers, magazines and newsletters published by the University of Manchester, the Students Union and various student societies, alumni groups and halls of residence. Of particular importance are the student magazines, Owens College Magazine, Owens College Union Magazine, Manchester University Magazine, The Serpent, and Manchester University Medical Students Gazettein UMP/2, which provide varied information about student activities and attitudes for the period running from the late 1860s through to the late 1950s. However, this collection does not include most of the more recent student publications including the newspapers, News Bulletin, Manchester Independent and Mancunion, which can be found in the Students Union archive (SUA), which is also part of the University Archives.
The student publications are an invaluable research resource for studying the development of student attitudes to the University, and to broader social, political, educational and cultural issues over time. This collection provides invaluable insight into the history of student journalism, in terms of content and individual contributors, and the business of publishing student newspapers. Some contributors to these publications have gone on to have significant literary or journalistic reputations; for example, the novelists George Gissing and Anthony Burgess both published work in these publications when Manchester students [Gissing in Owens College Magazine and Burgess in The Serpent].
Student activities may also be tracked in UMP/4, which comprises publications of selected University halls (nearly always produced by the students themselves). This material has not been collected systematically by the University Archives, and in many cases, full runs of these publications will be kept by the halls in question. UMP/3 is a small collection of publications produced specifically for alumni.
Since the late 1950s, the University itself has published a number of magazines and newsletters, and these can be found in UMP/1, including Staff Comment, This week, next week, Communication, and the University of Manchester Gazette. These publications are informative about major University initiatives and policies, new buildings, departments, research projects, staff, and the history of the University.
The publications in this collection constitute a major resource for the history of the University of Manchester. Collectively, the publications provide a wealth of information on the University, its departments, staff, students, and alumni. The relationships between the University and its staff, and between staff and students can also be discerned from these publications. They help illustrate how the University tried to convey and justify its actions to various constituencies, and how these views have sometimes been disputed.
The collection contains full runs for most of the major publications, but coverage of the shorter-lived and more obscure magazines and newsletters is more patchy. This collection does not include any publications of UMIST and its predecessor institutions, which form part of the UMIST archive.