UMIST Cuttings Collection

Scope and Content

Cuttings of news stories primarily relating to UMIST and its predecessor bodies. The cuttings books comprise a useful source of information about major events and activities at the institution, including building openings and degree ceremonies, appointments of staff, staff obituaries, and feature articles about research work, student life and related subjects. Nearly all of the material is sourced from newspapers rather than magazines, and from non-University publications, mainly local newspapers, such as the Manchester Guardian, Manchester Evening News and Manchester Evening Chronicle.

As well as being a valuable source of information about the institution's activities and personalities, the cuttings collection can provide interesting information about how the UMIST was reported in the local and national press over time.

/1 June 1906-January 1907 (includes more general articles on education)

/2 May-June 1920; November 1951-Janaury 1967 (plus a loose envelope of cuttings on student unrest, 1968.

/3 April 1926-September 1935 (damaged)

/4 September 1935-January 1949 (damaged)

/5 May 1949-November 1960

/6 November 1960-May 1970 (damaged)

/7 May 1971-February 1973

/8 1945-1957 (advertisements only - staff, courses etc.).

/9 January 1958-September 1961 (advertisements only - staff, courses etc.).

Administrative / Biographical History

The administration at Manchester Municipal College of Technology/Manchester College of Science and Technology/UMIST maintained a cuttings collection of news items relating to the insitution from the early 20th century until around 1973. There is no record of any earlier cuttings from the Manchester Mechanics' Institution period.

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

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.

Custodial History

Maintained at UMIST administrative offices; transferred to the University Archives from 2004.


Accruals possible

Related Material

See also University of Manchester press cuttings collection, CCU. Generally, the VUM cuttings books did not cover new stories about UMIST (and vice-versa), but there may be occasional exceptions to this convention.

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