University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Professor John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll in his capacity as Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Birmingham, and Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon (which became part of the University of Birmingham Library in 1991); correspondence with his first wife Josephine (d. 1962)

Administrative / Biographical History

John Ramsay Allardyce Nicoll, 1894-1976, Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Birmingham, 1945-1961, Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon from its establishment by him in 1951. Nicoll was an internationally renowned authority on the history of English drama and was a prolific writer on this subject and on the theory of drama, publishing some thirty books between 1922 and 1973.

Reference: The University of Birmingham, Research Libraries Bulletin (Number 1. Winter 1994).

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).

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

The Collection was deposited by Nicoll's second wife in 1992/1993.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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

Accruals

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. The Library also holds the Shakespeare Institute Library which became part of the University Library system in January 1992.