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Senate House Library, University of London

Collins, Sir William Job


Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 812

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Collins, Sir William Job

Date(s): c1860-1949

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 7 boxes

Name of creator(s): Collins | Sir | William Job | 1859-1946 | Knight | physician and public servant


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Job Collins was born in London on 9 May 1859 and received his education from University College School, London and St. Bartholomew's Hospital. He became a Fellow, Scholar and gold medallist in Sanitary Science and in Obstetrics at London University and received Honours in Physiology, Forensic Medicine and Surgery. During his career Collins was also involved in many aspects of anatomy and ophthalmology, receiving the Doyne Medal for the latter from Oxford University in 1918. He was knighted in 1902.

William Job Collins was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, 1907-1909, 1911-12, and a member of the University Senate, 1893-1927. He was also a member of the Royal Commission on Vaccination, 1889-1896; Liberal Member of Parliament for West St. Pancreas, 1906-1910, and for Derby, 1917-18; London County Councillor for West St. Pancreas, 1892-1904; and Vice-Lieutenant of the County of London, 1925-1945.


Scope and content/abstract:

The papers listed here relate chiefly to the affairs of the University of London, and to the London County Council. Though many of Collins' correspondents were fellow physicians and scientists, there is little in the correspondence relating to medical or scientific subjects. There is some material relating directly to national politics in Collins' autobiographical papers, and a full account by Collins of the Royal Commission on Vaccination. Given the range of Collins' interests, this is a small collection indeed. It appears however, that Collins himself carefully weeded and arranged his own papers. The list which follows here preserves, as far as possible, the original arrangement. A box of printed material, containing pamphlets, offprints of articles, speeches etc. by Collins, 1882-1925, was deposited with the papers. These relate chiefly to medical and political subjects. They are not listed here in detail. An additional deposit comprising press-cuttings, autobiographical material including sketches of contemporaries, archives relating to Collin's work on University of London bodies, his parliamentary career, and speeches was deposited in 1996. A box list has been compiled for this deposit. There are three other 'stray' letters addressed to Sir William Job Collins in the University of London Library which have been catalogued separately: 1916, 23 Nov. Benchara Branford, London County Council. Inserted in a presentation copy (to Collins) of Branford's 'Janus & Vesta' (London, 1916) 1925, 20 June. Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury, 1 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, WC1. (A.L. 229) 1926, 22 June. Sir Philip Magnus, Tangley Hill, Chilworth, Surrey. (A.L. 162) 1. Abbreviations - Sir William Job Collins is referred to by his initials, W.J.C. The abbreviation, TS., means typescript. 2. Correspondents - Peers are referred to by their title in the record but are indexed under their surname. Unless specificed otherwise, all letters are addressed to Sir William Job Collins. 3. Postal Addresses - Where the town is not specified in the entry, the address is in London. Where known, the names of counties are inserted in square brackets where they are missing from the original letter. 4. Volume - Where an item exceeds two leaves, its volume is given in the entry.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to some files may be restricted by the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Paul Kelly, The Collins Papers, University of London Library (1974): box list of 1996 deposit compiled by Viv Aggett.

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gift of L H Collins, via the Historical Records Project at the London School of Economics and Political Science, July 1973.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The Bodleian Library, Oxford University, contains correspondence with Sir Henry Burdett, 1900-1915 (Ref: MSS Eng b2068-69, c5894-6032, d2867-89).

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Date(s) of descriptions: 1999-10-06 Keith Austin, 2000-05-22 Sarah Smith, 2006-08-08 Richard Temple

Higher education institutions | Educational institutions
Local government | Public administration | Government
Politics | Political science
Surgery | Medical sciences

Personal names
Branford | Benchara | fl 1916 | writer
Collins | Sir | William Job | 1859-1946 | Knight | physician and public servant

Corporate names
LCC | London County Council x London County Council
Royal Commission on Vaccination
University of London x London University

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe