University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Carl Chinn

Scope and Content

Correspondence, research papers, tape recordings and transcripts relating to his research into the history of bookmaking (betting). Most of the cassette tapes are of interviews conducted by Chinn on the subject of bookmaking, undertaken as part of the research for his book Better Betting with a Decent Feller: Bookmaking, Betting and the British Working Class, 1750-1990 , 1991. The tapes also include recordings of a few radio programmes as well as a few oral history interviews, not made by Carl Chinn, but acquired by him. These include some self recordings. The collection includes typescripts of some of the tapes. A later deposit comprises a transcript of an interview with Bill Brady of Salford, turf accountant, and other related papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Carl Chinn, b. 1956, community historian, is a Lecturer in Modern History, University of Birmingham

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 tapes are ordered by numbers assigned by Carl Chinn. The numbers begin at 296 and the sequence is incomplete.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

The first deposit was made by Professor Chinn in 1994; additions to this collection have been made in 1998 and 1999.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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

Related Material

Other research papers, relating particularly to his work on the history of Birmingham, are held by the Birmingham City Archives.

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.