Harold Cyril Bibby: Personal Papers

Scope and Content

Scrapbooks (boxes 1-7)

13 'volumes', comprised of scrapbooks or 'sections', into which Bibby stuck papers in rough chronological and thematic order, covering his personal life and career: vol. I, sections 1-7, 1914-1940; vol. II, sections 8-12, 1941-1946; vol. III, sections 13-19, 1946-1959; vol. IV, sections 20-25, 1947-1958; vol. V, sections 26-32, 1948-1959; vol. VI, sections 33-39, 1958-1959; vol. VII, sections 40-44, 1959-1976; vol. VIII, sections 45-51, 1959-1975; vol. IX, sections 52-58, 1960-1975; vol. X, sections 59-66, 1960-1974; vol. XI, sections 67-72, 1961-1976; vol. XII, sections, 73-76, 1970-1976; vol. XIII, sections, 77-79, 1976-1980.

The Art of the Limerick (box 7)

4 files of material relating to the composition and printing of Bibby's book, published 1978.

Miscellaneous Personal Papers (box 8)

Later material, c. 1976-1985, including a copy of Bibby's autobiography, Reminiscences of a Happy Life, 1985.

Tape-recordings and films by Bibby (box 9)

Tape-recordings of speeches, lectures, broadcasts, etc., 1959-1985, and one videotape from 1981.

Research material on T.H. Huxley (boxes 10-11)

Correspondence, notes, photographs, articles, copies of Huxley's letters and papers, etc., c. 1871-1980, including the typescript of Bibby's doctoral thesis, 'T.H. Huxley: his place in education', University of London, 1955 (box 11).

Bibliographies and articles, etc. (box 12)

Bibliographies, periodical articles, correspondence, commonplace books, a history of the Kingston upon Hull Training College, and Bibby's M.Sc. thesis, 'Europe in Quaternary times, with special reference to the peats of North Wales and Cheshire', University of Liverpool, October 1938. The papers cover c. 1927-1980.

Unfinished writings, miscellaneous personal (box 13)

Notes on publication projects, correspondence and notes on Bibby's Golden Wedding, papers on Bibby's death, etc., c. 1980s.

Finance, Bequests, Lectures, Unfinished Books (box 14)

Copies of the wills of Bibby and his wife Frances, with details of bequests; finances; publishers's contracts for Bibby's books; lists of editions and sales of books to 1980; notes on the Frances and Cyril Bibby Trust and the proposed Bibby Foundation; papers on unfinished or unpublished books; and typescripts of lectures.

Genealogy of the Bibby family (box 15)

Three files of research notes, photocopies, correspondence, and a few photographs relating to the Bibby family back to the seventeenth century, including rough genealogical tables.

Verse and sketches (box 16)

Two notebooks, a file of verses, and one file of drawings and sketches by Bibby.

Frances Bibby and Teskey-King School (box 16)

File of correspondence and memoranda relating to a dispute between Mrs Bibby and the headmaster of the school about methods of discipline, 1969-1970.

Portrait photographs of Bibby (box 16)

Various dates, 1 envelope.

Photograph albums

Eight out of a series of ten volumes, covering the life of Bibby and of his wife Frances, 1914-1987. The photographs are nearly all captioned by Bibby. Volumes IV and VI are missing. There is also a photograph album for Bibby's visit to the USA, 1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harold Cyril Bibby (1914-1987) was born in Liverpool on 1 May 1914 and educated at Liverpool Collegiate School and Queens' College, Cambridge (B.A., 1935; M.A., 1939). He was an active member of the C.U. Socialist Society and of the Union Society. He taught science and biology at Oulton School, Liverpool, and Chesterfied Grammar School, Derbyshire. Bibby was Education Officer to the British Society Hygiene Council and then to the Central Council for Health Education, 1941-1946; Lecturer at the College of St Mark and St John, University of London Institute of Education, 1946-1959; and Principal of Kingston upon Hull College of Education from 1976. He retired in 1978 and died on 20 June 1987. He gained an M.Sc. at the University of Liverpool in 1940 for research on Europe in Quaternary times, and a Ph.D. at London University in 1955 for a thesis on T.H. Huxley. He wrote books and articles on Huxley, and on human biology, especially in the fields of health and sex education. In 1936 he married Frances Florence Mabel Hirst. They had two sons and two daughters. Mrs Bibby died in 1994.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by H.C. Bibby, 1981, and by John Bibby (son of H.C. Bibby), 1996.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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