Joe Binks Collection

Scope and Content

The collection relates to: American outdoor sporting events, 1911-1956; sport in American universities, 1900-1957; Australian Championships, 1890-1956; British regional athletics, 1903-1957; British Services and Police athletics, 1868-1957; club athletics, 1896-1956; international sports, 1914-1957; National athletics, 1891-1957; professional athletics, 1897-1956; road races, 1879-1957; road walking, 1880-1957; British schools athletics, 1838-1957; Scottish events, 1897-1956; British University and Inter University Athletics, 1899-1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph (Joe) Binks (1874-1966), former holder of the British mile record and athletics correspondent of the News of the World for 54 years. He set the British mile record in 1902 at 4 minutes 16.8 seconds, only broken in 1921 by Albert Hill.

Reference: The Times ( 31 Jan 1966 ).


The collection is arranged alphabetically within the subjects described above.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Other Finding Aids

Please see full catalogue for further details.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 holds many other collections relating to sport, including both private and corporate collections.