University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Sir Charles Raymond Beazley

Scope and Content

An extensive collection of his papers comprising 25 boxes containing notebooks; manuscripts and typescripts of his works; press cuttings; printed papers; and correspondence on history, travel, geography, politics and theology.

Administrative / Biographical History

Beazley was a professor of history at the University of Birmingham from 1909-1933. During the First World War he lectured soldiers in France for the Young Men's Christian Association. He gave a total of 20 lectures in 1918 and, with hostilities over , followed this in 1919 with a series of lectures to French universities. He also presented a series of papers on Poland, Romania, Albania and the Ottoman Empire, as well as essays on the "German Imperial Idea" and German-British Relations since 1870.

Reference: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwartz, The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of Birmingham Press, 2000 ).


Boxes 1-10 contain loose papers roughly sorted by subject. Boxes 11-25 are from Sir Raymond' library and have been left as found.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was presented to the Library by Lady Beazley in March 1955

Other Finding Aids

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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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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

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.