Catalogue description Papers of Sir Charles Raymond Beazley

This record is held by University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections

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Title: Papers of Sir Charles Raymond Beazley

An extensive collection of the papers of Sir (Charles) Raymond Beazley comprising: his notebooks; manuscripts and typescripts of his works; press cuttings; printed papers; and correspondence on history, travel, geography, politics and theology

Date: 1883-1952

Boxes 1-10 contain loose papers roughly sorted by subject. Boxes 11-25 are from Sir Raymond's library and have been left as found.

Related material:

University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officers and students.

Held by: University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English, French, German

Beazley, Sir Charles Raymond, 1868-1955, Knight, Professor of History

Physical description: 25 boxes
Restrictions on use:

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Access conditions:



Access to all registered researchers.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquisition: This collection was presented to the Library by Lady Beazley in March 1955

  • Birmingham
Unpublished finding aids:

A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Administrative / biographical background:

Administrative History: (Charles) Raymond Beazley (1868-1955) was Professor of History at the University of Birmingham from 1909-1933.


He was educated at St Paul's School, King's College, London and Balliol College, Oxford and obtained a first class in History in 1889. He was awarded his BA in 1890, MA in 1893 and DLitt. 1908. He was Prize Fellow of Merton College from 1889 until 1896 and then Research Fellow from 1897 until his appointment at the University of Birmingham. During the First World War he lectured soldiers in France for the Young Men's Christian Association. He gave a total of 20 lectures in 1918 and, with hostilities over, followed this in 1919 with a series of lectures to French universities as a member of University Delegations to France. He also went on lecturing visits to Germany, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934 and in 1937 and lectured at a number of American universities. He was awarded a knighthood in 1931


His published extensively and his works include James of Aragon (1890); Henry the Navigator (1895); Dawn of Modern Geography (Vols. 1-3, 1897-1906 for which he was awarded the Gill Memorial of Royal Geographical Society in 1907); John and Sebastian Cabot (1898); Nineteenth Century Europe (1922); The Road to Ruin in Europe (1932); and Beauty of the North Cotswolds (1946).


Reference: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwartz, The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History (The University of Birmingham Press, 2000); Who was who

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