MC:P233/2/MS5 Scrapbooks covering matters related to Robert Gunther’s working life
MC:P233/2/MS5/1 1897 (bound 1966)
A book bound by Albert Gunther, containing 43 handwritten pages of notes for one in a series of lectures for arts and science students. The lecture, given on Feb 27th, 1897 by Robert Gunther, is titled The Division of Labour in the Cells of an Animal. At the front of the book there is a single, typed programme for the lecture series.
The book was donated to the archives by Albert Gunther on April 20th, 1966.
Found inside MC:P233/2/MS5/3.
Small scrapbook compiled by Robert Gunther, titled ‘University Scholarships and the “Close Time” 1900-‘. The correspondence and official documents refer to the date to be set for Entrance Scholarships, Exhibitions and the Entrance Exam. There are also notes giving the name of the holders of scholarships and the sum awarded, as well as degree results for all colleges 1880-1905.
Bound volume of written material collected by Robert Gunther and ordered and bound by Albert Gunther. Some papers are incomplete. The form and content of the papers are as follows:
Printed papers giving details of: eligibility and size of awards for Demyships and Exhibitions in Natural Science); draft in Gunther’s hand (1917)
the format of the examinations (1916)
the application form for the examinations (1916)
a list of men applying for the examination (1917)
A 4 page report by Robert Gunther titled ‘3 Science Demyships or 2?’ (December 1916)
A report titled ‘An Explanation of Proposal (A) in the Scheme for College Scholarships’. (1918)
Letters from applicants, schoolmasters, Herbert Warren and colleagues at Magdalen and other colleges relating to the proposed change in date of scholarship examinations (according to an agreement reached between Oxford and Cambridge Universities). Additionally there is a report by Robert Gunther on the effect of these changes.
1 page printed report giving the degree results of Natural Science Demies and Exhibitioners 1893-1910 (with draft notes in Gunther’s hand) and a further report relating to examination results statistics.
Printed papers and handwritten drafts of comments made by Robert Gunther and others regarding the changes in scholarship examinations.
3 printed reports on the subject of the scholarship exams and an agreement reached with Cambridge University regarding the time of year that they should be set.
1 page printed document giving information for candidates sitting the Oriel College Natural Science Fellowship. (1910)
2 printed documents relating to Demyship examinations. (1914, 1918)
1 page printed document giving the date of a vote regarding the creation of an Honour School of Forestry, and objections to it. (1910)
1 page printed document regarding the decision whether ‘College Tutors are to be recognised as members of their respective faculties’. (dated by Albert Gunther to 1904)
MC:P233/2/MS5/4 1900-1918 (bound May 1965)
Bound volume of written material collected by Robert Gunther and ordered and bound by Albert Gunther. Albert Gunther has called this ‘volume II’. The form and content of the papers are as follows:
Various printed and handwritten reports and other documents relating to the administration of Natural Science at Magdalen, including the question of whether there should be one or two tutorships in the subject; matters pertaining to the Daubeny Laboratory (passim); financial issues and details of the Edward Chapman Memorial fund.
Printed material concerning the grounds at Magdalen, particularly the removal of old trees.
Typed, printed and handwritten papers on the subject of the Royal Commission on Oxford and Cambridge Universities. (1919-1920)
Printed papers regarding the proposal to make Natural Science a recommended subject for examination in responsions, and correspondence on the same subject.
Handwritten and printed papers relating to proposed improvements to the College library; other papers written by Robert Gunther while he was Librarian. (1920-1923)
Letters of complaint by Robert Gunther relating to the fees charged for his son, Albert Gunther, and the lack of tuition that the latter received (1923)
Papers relating to the discovery of ice age fossils in the Grove. (1923)
Printed and handwritten correspondence from Robert Gunther regarding his eviction from his room in the Daubeny Laboratory in 1923, and general concerns about whether the provisions of Daubeny’s (Charles Daubeny (1795-1867, Fellow 1815-1867)) Will were being observed.
Papers concerning Robert Gunther’s fulfilment of the conditions of his Fellowship and others relating to the possibility of a position elsewhere. (1927)
Letter expressing Robert Gunther’s views regarding the placement of a War memorial. (1921)
Official papers pertaining to the pension agreed for R. Gunther when he was not re-elected as a Fellow. (1920-1926)
Correspondence to George Stuart Gordon (President 1928-1942).
Papers expressing Gunther’s sentiments on the opinions of others about his work and their treatment of him throughout his time at Magdalen College.
A statement giving details of Gunther’s activities and accomplishments throughout his career.
Newspaper cuttings, service sheets and obituaries following the death of Robert Gunther on March 9th, 1940. Most likely collected and added to the collection by his son Albert Gunther.
Robert Gunther’s spoilt ballot paper for an election of an MP for the University of Oxford. (March 1919)
Handwritten notes, journal and newspaper cuttings, articles and correspondence within 2 scrapbooks. The subject matter is the preservation of Greek within degrees at Oxford. At the front of MC:P233/2/MS5/5 there is a note in Albert Gunther’s hand saying, ‘material in this book contributed to Chapter 2 of Early Science in Oxford, Volume 15 – Biography of Robert T. Gunther, 1869-1940.’ The note is dated April 1965.
MC:P233/2/MS5/7 1914-1919 (bound 1967)
Bound volume of written material collected by Robert Gunther while he was Curator of the Botanic Garden. These volume comprises annual reports, proposals, financial documentation and letters detailing Botanic Garden business and the council appointed to run it.
The main part of the volume contains letters and reports concerning a review (regarding accounting and management practices) in 1918 of the Curators of the Botanic Garden and the Sherardian Professor of Botany, Sydney Howard Vines (Sherardian Professor of Botany and Fellow 1888-1920).
There are also letters to, from and about Alfred Church, an employee of Sydney Vines.
3 page handwritten report by Thomas Herbert Warren (President 1885-1928) for the Fellowship Election Committee, with regard to the appointment of Robert Gunther to a Fellowship.
7 page typed memorandum by Robert Gunther “relating to accommodation necessary for the fulfilment of the conditions of his fellowship”.
Notebook with a brown cover listing, in Robert Gunther’s handwriting, the names of Magdalen men who appear in the DNB. The title on the front cover and on the first page is in Albert Gunther’s hand.
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