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Staff and staff association papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2107 Staff
Held at: City University
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Full title: Staff and staff association papers
Date(s): 1895-1997
Level of description: Sub-fonds of City University Archives
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Extent: 10 linear feet
Name of creator(s): Northampton Institute
Northampton Polytechnic Institute
Northampton Polytechnic
Northampton College of Advanced Technology
City University


Administrative/Biographical history:

Dr Robert Mullineux Walmsley, the first Principal of the Northampton Institute, was appointed in Sep 1895 at the age of 41, from some 94 applicants, and commenced work in Jan 1896. He had previously been First Senior Demonstrator at Finsbury Technical College, 1883-1887; Principal of the Sindh Arts College in Bombay, India, 1887-1888; on the staff of the City and Guilds (Engineering) College, 1888-1890; First Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Heriot-Watt University, 1890-1895.
At a meeting of academic staff in Nov 1922 it was proposed that `a committee be appointed to represent the staff'. Draft rules were drawn up in Jan 1923 for the organisation, which determined that it be called the Northampton Polytechnic Staff Association (subsequently known as the Academic Staff Association or ASA). The business of its early years was concerned with social activities, redundancies, workload and leave allowance for summer holidays. A Staff Social Committee was formed from the main committee in 1930 to supervise social activities. In 1962 the ASA became involved in the actual administration of the institution, and were closely involved in the change to university status. The ASA has its place in the university charter as the forum from which academic staff are elected to Senate.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of City University and predecessors relating to staff and staff associations, including papers regarding appointment of Dr Robert Mullineux Walmsley, first Principal, 1895; papers regarding appointment of first Heads of Departments, late 19th century; biographical information regarding staff of the Northampton Institute, 1896-1897; register of full-time teachers, 1896-1926; staff handbooks, 1958, 1961; academic handbooks, 1990s; Guide to Organisation and Services: The Orange Book, 1991-1997; Personnel Dept publications, 1990s; internal telephone directories, 1970s; Conditions of Service papers, 1960s-1970s; papers relating to Sir James Tait (1912-1998), Vice-Chancellor: photocopies and memorial service; tape recordings of interviews with past members of staff by John Teague, 1977-1978, with transcripts; Academic Wives Association minutes and papers, 1967-1987; Senior Common Room minutes and papers, 1968-1979; ATTI (Association of Teachers in Technical Institutions) branch minutes and papers, 1951-1966; Staff Association reports and papers, correspondence, memos and minutes, 1950-1962; Academic Staff Association (ASA) minutes, handbooks, newsletters and papers, c1959-1974; ASA Journal 1-4, 1970-1971; Northampton College of Advanced Technology staff club minutes, accounts and papers, 1960s-1970s; Association of University Teachers (AUT) officers, 1970s-1990s; AUT branch minutes, 1964-1967; pay claim papers, 1984; Welfare Committee papers, 1970s; Safety Committee minutes and booklets, 1970s; Computer Advisory/User Committee papers, 1970s-80s.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

On written application to the University Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the University Librarian.

Finding aids:

Survey lists of City University archives by Janet Foster, 2000 (available in hard copy at City University).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Internal accumulation during the course of business.

Allied Materials

Related material:

City University Human Resources Department holds later files on individual members of staff.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project, based on survey information by Janet Foster. Source: The City University - a history by S John Teague (City University, London, 1990).

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2001

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