Catalogue description PAPERS OF CYRIL BIBBY (1914-1987)

This record is held by Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives

Details of Add.MS8320
Reference: Add.MS8320
Title: PAPERS OF CYRIL BIBBY (1914-1987)

Box 1


vol. I sections 1-7 1914-1940


vol. II sections 8-12 1941-1946


Box 2 vol. III sections 13-19 1946-1959


vol. IV sections 20-25 1947-1958


Box 3 vol. V sections 26-32 1948-1959


vol. VI sections 33-39 1958-1959


Box 4 vol. VII sections 40-44 1959-1976


vol. VIII sections 45-51 1959-1975


Box 5 vol. IX sections 52-58 1960-1975


vol. X sections 59-66 1960-1974


Box 6 vol. XI sections 67-72 1961-1976


vol. XII sections 73-76 1970-1976


Box 7 vol. XIII sections 77-79 1976-1980


4 files material on The Art of the Limerick 1978


Box 8 Personal papers, including autobiography


Box 9 Tape recordings 1959-1981 and 1981 videotape


Box 10 Material collected on T.H. Huxley


Box 11 Huxley material, including Bibby's doctoral thesis


Box 12 Bibliography, articles, M.Sc. thesis


Box 13 Notes on publication projects, Golden Wedding, death


Box 14 Finance, bequests, lectures, unfinished books

Date: 1914-1987
Held by: Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Bibby, Cyril, 1914-1987, author

Physical description: 16 boxes
Custodial history:

Bibby arranged, annotated, and presented the bulk of his papers to Cambridge University Library in 1981. They formed a series of 76 large scrapbooks, grouped in 12 'volumes', into which Bibby stuck papers in rough chronological and thematic order (boxes 1-6). He also presented papers on the preparation of his book The Art of the Limerick (box 7). The remaining papers (scrapbook vol 13 and papers in boxes 8-14) and his books came to the library after the death of Mrs Bibby in 1994.


APPENDIX boxes 15-16 and loose items, case 37


A further batch of material was presented in 1996 by John Bibby (second son of Cyril and Frances)

Administrative / biographical background:

Harold Cyril Bibby was born in Liverpool on 1 May 1914 and educated at Liverpool Collegiate School, and Queens' College Cambridge (B.A. 1935, M.A. 1939). He was an active member of the C.U. Socialist Society and of the Union Society. He taught science and biology at Oulton School, Liverpool and Chesterfield Grammar School, Derbyshire. He was Education Officer to the British Society Hygiene Council and then to the Central Council for Health Education 1941-46, Lecturer at the College of S. Mark and S. John (University of London Institute of Education) 1946-59, and Principal of Kingston upon Hull College of Education from 1959, becoming Pro-Director when it merged into Hull College of Higher Education 1976. He retired in 1978 and died on 20 June 1987. He gained an M.Sc. at the University of Liverpool in 1940 for research on Europe in Quaternary times, and a Ph.D at London University in 1955 for a thesis on T.H. Huxley. He wrote books and articles on Huxley, and on human biology, especially in the fields of health and sex education. In 1936 he married Frances (Florence Mabel) Hirst (Girton 1932-5) and had two sons and two daughters. Mrs Bibby died in 1994.


See: Who's Who


"Reminiscences of a happy life", 1985 (MS in box 8).

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