Corbett Autograph Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Collection of autographs and letter, mainly of nineteenth century statesman and aristocrats, made by John Corbett (1817-1901) Member of Parliament.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Corbett of Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire Liberal Member of Parliament for Droitwich, 1874-85 and Liberal Unionist Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire, 1886-92. He was a promoter of the local salt industry and owned the Stoke Prior salt works near Droitwich. He was a generous benefactor to various Midland institutions including the University of Birmingham and following his death, his library was presented to the University. This gift, of some 8000 volumes, was particularly rich in county histories and works on art and economics.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed May 2002.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

These three volumes bear John Corbett's bookplate and it appears that they formed part of the gift of his library to the University in 1905

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file level is available in the Special Collections Department and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.