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Student and student societies papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2107 Students
Held at: City University
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Full title: Student and student societies papers
Date(s): 1899-1995
Level of description: Sub-fonds of City University Archives
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Extent: 10 linear feet (to be confirmed)
Name of creator(s): Northampton Institute
Northampton Polytechnic Institute
Northampton Polytechnic
Northampton College of Advanced Technology
City University


Administrative/Biographical history:

A Social Committee was formed by students to improve the social life of the Northampton Institute in 1910, and the Union Society was instituted in Mar 1912. A number of Northampton students were also instrumental in the foundation of the University of London Union in the 1920s. The Northampton Polytechnic Institute Day Students Magazine commenced in Dec 1912 but ceased publication in 1915 due to wartime restrictions. Its successor (the newspaper of both the union and past students' society), the Northampton Gazette, commenced publication in Jul 1919. The Students' Union started its own newspaper, the Beacon, in 1948. The Union was appointed its first sabbatical president in 1968, and moved into new purpose built premises in 1970. The Engineering Society was formed in 1905, and the energy of its own social activities served to promote the foundation of the Students' Union Society in 1912. The name of the society was changed to the Northampton Engineering College Engineering Society in 1913. The Principal, Dr Robert Mullineux Walmsley, was first President, and after his death, the `Mullineux Walmsley' lectures on engineering were instituted by the Society. Two prizes were available from the foundation of the Society in 1905, namely for the best papers read by a current and a past student.
The N'Ions is the association of past students of the Northampton Institute and City University, founded in 1909 as the Northampton Past Day Students' Association, and serving to promote the interests of the City University and its past students. The first annual dinner of the N'Ions was held in 1922, and branches were organised in the midlands and north west of England. Its magazine, the Northampton Gazette commenced publication in 1910, and following a temporary cessation during World War One, resumed joint publication with the Union Society in 1919. Its title was changed to The N'Ion in 1935. Following World War Two, two means of commemorating those former students killed during the war were instituted. A plaque was erected and a fund was established to enable undergraduates and graduates to visit other countries to enable them to gain experience in their chosen field by the observation of other nationals engaged in the same sphere of industry or research. The first award was made in 1951.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of City University and predecessors relating to students and student societies, including prizes and certificates Lists, 1899-1925, 1930-1964; Northampton Prize Distribution programmes, 1918, 1924, 1936-1937, 1960s; Northampton Prizes and Certificates, 1912, 1937, 1947-1961; Academic Registrar's Dept publications, 1960s-1990s; PhD theses (4), 1982-1997; Students Union (SU) Annual Ladies Night Programmes, 1927-1939; NEWSCITY, 1970-1994, SU newsletter; SU handbooks, 1940s-1960s; Univercity, 1966-1988, 1991, SU handbook; Senate Committee on Courses papers (SU President's copy), 1973-1975; N'Ions Committee minutes, correspondence and other papers, 1973-1978; Old N'Ions War Memorial Fund minutes and reports, 1947-1961; Old N'Ions War Memorial Travelling Bursary minutes, applications, reports, leaflets and correspondence, 1951-[1960s]; Convocation papers, 1968-[1970s]; Union Society archives including minutes, 1939-1980s; Student Services papers, 1960s-1980s; OCCAM Society (named after the medieval philosopher and theologian William of Occam) correspondence, members' attendance book, reports and minutes; Northampton Engineering Society minutes, 1905-1961, attendance books, 1929-1958, and student papers, texts of papers read before the Society, 1905-1914, 1925-1945, 1951-1954; Actuarial Science and Statistics Alumni Newsletter, CU, Autumn, 1995.
Publications including Northampton Magazine nos 1-40, 1912-1935; The N'Ion, 1935-1971; Magazines of Past Day Students Association, The Northampton Gazette, 1910-1915, 1919-1935, and N'ION, 1936-1966; Northampton Polytechnic Institute Day Students Magazine nos. 1&2, Dec 1912, Apr. 1913; Northampton Institute Clubs Gazette, Jan 1902-Dec 1904; Mickle Chinese Society Magazine, 1979-1981; CITYSCAPE and SPORTSCITY, 1973; BEACON, 1966-1987.

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 special collections room and archives strongroom 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 Academic Registrar holds individual files on students.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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. Sources: The City University - a history by S John Teague (City University, London, 1990); Who was Who.

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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