The Spalding Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Research papers of Henry Norman Spalding and Kenneth Jay Spalding comprising typescripts on the subject of  the character of man, compiled in Oxford between the two World Wars.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Norman Spalding was born in 1877. He was a civil servant in the Admiralty, 1901-1909, and served in the Admiralty and the Ministry of Munitions (Deputy Director, Welfare Department), 1915-1918. With his wife, he co-founded a Chair of Eastern Religions and Ethics, a University Lectureship in Eastern Orthodox Culture, an Advisership in Eastern Art, and four temporary Senior Research Fellowships in Indian history and religion at Oriel and Brasenose Colleges, the University of Oxford. He also contributed to the gift of books made by Oxford University to China, 1939, and to the Universities of Europe and Asia, 1947. He co-founded the Association of British Orientalists, Museum of Eastern Art at Oxford. He published poetry, and the monograph  Civilisation in East and West (1939). He died in 1953.

Kenneth Jay Spalding, younger brother of Henry Norman Spalding, was born in 1879. He was a lecturer in French at Culham College, 1903-1905, and in Logic and Philosophy at King's College, London, 1905-1912. He was Professor of Classical Literature and Philosophy, Queen's College, London, 1909-1928. Throughout his career he published monographs and articles on philosophy and associated matters. He died in 1962.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue  (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed April 2002.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all bona fide researchers. All papers held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre will be viewed at the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department. Please contact the University Archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in Selly Oak Colleges Library, Sep 1969 by the Spalding Trust.

Other Finding Aids

A brief description of this collection is available in electronic format on the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department website: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ and in paper format within the 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.

Custodial History

Following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges and the University of Birmingham in 1999 the custodial ownership of collections belonging to the Selly Oak Colleges and held at the Orchard Learning and Resource Centre (OLRC) was transferred to the University. These collections now form part of the University's Special Collections Department and are available for consultation at the Main Library on the University's Edgbaston Campus.

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