Papers of Sir Michael Sadler, and related material

Scope and Content

A substantial collection of lectures, papers, letters, articles, memoranda, press cuttings, memorabilia, etc., almost entirely relating to education or art; together with writings on these subjects by others, collected by Sadler. Accompanying the archive are materials on Sadler and his writings assembled variously by J.H. Higginson and O.S. Pickering in the course of preparing publications about him.

Administrative / Biographical History

The educationalist Sir Michael Sadler (1861-1943) was successively Secretary of the Oxford University Extension Delegacy, 1885-95; Director of the Office of Special Enquiries and Reports (Board of Education), 1895-1903; part-time professor of the history and administration of education at Manchester University, 1903-11; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, 1911-23; and Master of University College, Oxford, 1923-34. See the biographies by Michael Sadleir Michael Ernest Sadler (Sir Michael Sadler, K.C.S.I.),1861-1943: a memoir by his son, 1949, and by Lynda Grier Achievement in education: the work of Michael Ernest Sadler, 1885-1935 (1952).

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Mainly the gift of Dr J.H. Higginson, of Canterbury, during the 1980s and 1990s


In English

Other Finding Aids

There is as yet no detailed handlist of this material, but the letters are indexed in the Letters database.

Related Material

See also MS 329


See Selections from Michael Sadler: Studies in World Citizenship, compiled by J.H. Higginson (Liverpool, 1979), and O.S. Pickering, Sir Michael Sadler, a bibliography of his published works (Leeds studies in adult and continuing education, 1982).