RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL UA/DRO
Date1860s-
LevelSection
ExtentNot known (c 17 bays)
TitleUniversity of Exeter archive (transferred to University from Devon Record Office)
DescriptionThis large collection contains a variety of records relating to the University of Exeter and its predecessor institutions, including the following:

RAMC and earlier institutions:
Admissions and fee registers; attendance registers; accounts ledgers; pamphlets; Committee for the Furtherance of University Education in the South West papers; prospectuses; annual reports; minute book of Choral Society; minute book of Debating Society.

University College of the South West of England:
Senate minutes; annual reports; pamphlets; Guild accounts; Officer Training Corps; prospectuses; papers relating to Assistant Staff Association; Principal Murray's Papers; Building and Endowment Commmittee and Fund; college lists; Athletics' Union; calendars; appeal fund; History of Exeter Research Group papers; accounts ledgers; Board of Studies minutes; press-cuttings; Guild University Committee papers; other Guild papers; papers relating to the Debating Society; Women's meetings; Senate minutes and papers.

St Luke's College:
St Luke's leavers' files; photographs.

University of Exeter:
Registers of degree conferments; Ad eundem degree lists; pass lists for London University External Degrees; estate building programme and general maintenance records; pamphlets; exam paper books; university lists; bulletins; building openings; Opera Advisory Group; papers relating to Postgraduate Technical Institute; papers relating to Institute of Biometry and Community Medicine; pamphlets relating to University Charter and Royal Visit; research notes for Register of Staff 1893-1962, Reg Erskine; Chancellor's general correspondence; University Court nominations; Postgraduate Medical School; University and city study; University development report; annual reports; prospectuses; Athletics' Union; Association of the Universities of the British Commonwealth; rowing club; Athletics' Committees; academic dress; Committees Appeal; inaugural lecture pamphlets; Gazateer; congregation of conferment of degree programmes and honorary degrees; correspondence of Prof. Sykes; accounts ledgers and other financial papers; Board of Studies minutes and other academic committees; press-cuttings; Guild papers; Senate minutes and papers; Convocation minutes; Council minutes.
Admin HistoryThe origins of the University of Exeter lie a century before the award of university status, in the Schools of Art and Science, founded in 1855 and 1863 respectively. In 1868, the two schools moved into the Albert Memorial Museum in the centre of Exeter and, in 1893, became the Exeter Technical and University Extension College, subsequently re-named and Royal Albert Memorial College. The University College for the South West of England came into being in 1922, the same year as the inital acquisition of property on the Streatham Estate overlooking the city. Much of the university's historic archive was destroyed in air raids during 1942, in which the Registry at Gandy Street was completely flattened. Full university status was finally conferred as the University of Exeter in 1955. The previously separate St Luke's College of Education (previously the Exeter Diocesan Training College) merged with the University in 1978.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialRecords of St Luke's College are held at the Devon Record Office, ref. 4085 (access restricted for 60 years from creation of records). Modern records of central university administration are held at the Modern Records Centre, Northcote House. The university's photographic archive is held at Special Collections, Old Library. The Library's historic print archive/library is also held at Special Collections, Old Library, and this is fully catalogued on the Library's OPAC database.
Access ConditionsCurrently held at Roborough (except the Photograph archive). All access via Special Collections, with at least 24 hours advance notice.
ArrangementCurrently arranged according to original DRO accession.
Finding_AidsA rough printed handlist of the university's archive from DRO is available. The photographic archive's catalogue is available through CALM. All items in the library's print archive are available on the Library's OPAC database.
Mgt_GroupUniversity of Exeter papers
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