Michael Shafe, Deputy Librarian, University of Dundee

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Dundee University Library, Library Committee and Management Committee; correspondence and notes relating to the history of the University; records relating to exhibitions; papers relating to the Dundee Civic Trust; diaries and notebooks, 1970s-1990s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Shafe was born in 1936 in Bromley, Kent. He graduated B.Sc.(Econ.) from the London School of Economics in 1957 then, from 1962 to 1963, he studied for the A.L.A. at the Northwestern Polytechnic (London), School of Librarianship. Shafe was appointed an administration assistant in the Education and Production Department at the National Coal Board in 1957. He was Senior Library Assistant at The London Library from 1959 to 1963. From 1963 to 1971 he was at the University of York as Assistant and then Sub-Librarian also spending a year on exchange at the University of Wisconsin. Shafe was appointed Deputy Librarian at the University of Dundee in 1971 where he stayed until retiring in 1995. During his career he played an active part in University life, serving on many committees, and while at Dundee was responsible for several exhibitions and publications on the history of University education in Dundee. He was also an active member of the Dundee Civic Trust, the Scottish Georgian Society, the Broughty Ferry Public Library Action Committee, the Broughty Ferry Education and Recreation Association and the Dundee Branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The papers were deposited by Michael Shafe.


Fonds level description compiled by Caroline Brown, July 2003.

Other Finding Aids

The records are unlisted.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.


Some of the material was used in the production of Michael Shafe?s University Education in Dundee: 1881-1981: a pictorial history.

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