University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Edward Arber

Scope and Content

Correspondence: to Edward Arber, 1858-1912, to other Arber family members, 1880-1913; from E.A.N. Arber about posthumous publication of Edward Arber's works, 1912-1913; notebooks, 1851-1862; papers relating to publications, 1867-1906; miscellaneous items, 1862-1913; press cuttings, 1838-1912; photographs, 1890-1912.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Arber was the first Professor of English Language and Literature at the Mason Science College, 1881-1894 (a predecessor college of the University of Birmingham), and he was the transcriber of the Stationers' Register and the Term Catalogues, and editor of the English Reprint series.

Reference: Deposit information.

For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of University of Birmingham Press. 2000 ).


The collection is arranged by the following series: correspondence; notebooks; papers relating to publications; miscellaneous items; press cuttings and photographs.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited as a gift by Arber's grand daughter in 1960-1961

Other Finding Aids

See full catalogue for more information.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students.