MC:P233/3/A1 Scrapbooks of University and College Administrative Papers
Large blue scrapbook, with Robert Gunther’s name, in his handwriting, inside the front cover. There is also a typed note initialled A. E. G. (Albert Gunther, Robert’s son), which links the item to this collection. The dates show that Robert Gunther could not have collected all the material himself. Some of the notes are written in Edward Chapman’s hand, some of the printed articles have Henry Hansell’s (Fellow 1861-1889) name in different handwriting on them. There are also notes in Thomas Henry Toovey Hopkins’ (Fellow 1856-1885) hand. How these papers came to be in Robert Gunther’s possession is unknown, but it is likely that he bound the papers into their current form, while Albert Gunther deposited them in the archive at an unknown date.
The contents of the scrapbook are as follows:
University Hebdomadal (weekly) Council papers.
University of Oxford Commission papers (including University statutes).
Statues and Orders of Magdalen College: changes and notes (including some for Magdalen College School, Oxford).
Accounts and reports on financial matters: Magdalen College scholarship funds, student expenses, running costs, Junior Common Room, College fabric.
Magdalen College Committees’ reports and papers(Committee on College Improvements, Committee for the finances of College livings, (2 Extraordinary) General Meetings).
Papers regarding Demyships and Exhibitions, including degree results.
Papers regarding the Great Elm tree.
Scrapbook belonging to Robert Gunther and presented to the archives by Albert Gunther (there is an inscription by the latter inside the front cover). The date of the articles show that they cannot have been collected by Robert Gunther himself. Considering other documents in this collection, it is possible that they were collected originally by Edward Chapman. The contents of the scrapbook are as follows:
University administration and legislation.
Papers relating to the appointment of the Professor of Political Economy.
Papers relating to the proposal that a Theological/Divinity School be set up.
Papers relating to funding for a new Physics building, from the Clarendon Trustees, including a comic version of such proposals by Charles L. Dodgson (alias Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898).
Papers relating to the Chancellor of the University: Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil (1830-1903), third Marquis of Salisbury.
A bound notebook containing College meeting agendas, with MS notations.
A note on the inside cover reads “College Meetings and Agenda and other papers, bound by his successor, Robert T. Gunther, his literary executor.”
The Agendas have hand written annotations recording the result of the proposal or application.
There are also copies of the statutes for Magdalen College, made for the College under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1877.
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