Document Book

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 OCA/22/4
  • Dates of Creation
      Oct 1836-Jul 1837
  • Physical Description
      1 volume and 1 folder containing 2 pieces.

Scope and Content

Document book containing papers of the Committee established at a meeting at the York Hotel, Manchester, 10 November 1836 to consider plans for a Manchester university in light of Jones' proposals. The Committee appointed a subcommittee chaired by William Henry to draw up plans. The proposal foundered in mid-1837, due in part to difficulties in reaching agreement with local medical schools about incorporation into the university. The volume includes printed notices of meeting, rough minutes of meetings and lists of supporters. There is also correspondence with medical school personnel (Marsden St and Pine St Schools) concerning their views on the proposals. Included with this item are loose minutes of Committee and sub-committees, 10 Nov 1836-4 Sep 1837, and copies of the draft charter of the University of London (1836), and manuscript transcripts of articles in local papers on the proposed university, including Manchester Guardian, 13 August 1836, Manchester Advertiser, 10 December 1836, Manchester Guardian 14 December 1836, and a paper "The Manchester College: matters of fact".

Former reference: UA/5/2.

Custodial History

The volume formerly in the possession of S.D.Darbishire, a member of the Committee. It was later passed from his son, R.D. Darbishire to Joseph Thompson, while the latter was composing his history of Owens College. Thompson donated it to Owens College in 1884.