University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of John Humphreys Whitfield

Scope and Content

Typescripts of Petrarch and the Renascence , by Whitfield, 1943; a translation of Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili , 1936; A Short History of Italian Literature by Whitfield , 1958; The Humanism of A Lepoardi by Whitfield, 1953; correspondence and papers relating to the Italian Libraries Rescue Fund, of which Whitfield was a committee member.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Humphreys Whitfield, 1906-1995; Serena Professor of Italian Language and Literature at University of Birmingham, 1947-1970.

Reference: Deposit file.

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 ).

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited as a gift in 1974 by Professor Whitfield.

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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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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

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