MC:F30 Papers of Thomas Case
Thomas Case (1844-1925) was born in Liverpool and educated at Rugby and Balliol College (1863-7), where he received a first in Classics Mods and Literae Humaniores. Fellow of Brasenose 1868-70 he was then a lecturer for both Balliol and Corpus Christi between 1872 and 1876. He became a tutor at Magdalen from 1876 and Fellow from 1882 to 1889 when he was appointed Waynflete Professor of Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy, a post he held until 1910. During this time he was made President of Corpus Christi, holding the presidency for twenty years, and he seems to be unique among Fellows of Magdalen in simultaneously holding a Fellowship here with the Headship of another College.
His publications were in the fields of physics, philosophy and music and he was also an enthusiastic cricketer. Architecturally he was greatly interested in the building of a new roof on the Hall in 1903 and the restoration of a window that had been blocked up (see Macray, Register vii, 51-2).
Recatalogued by Richard Hunt and Robin Darwall-Smith in June 2011.
MC:F30/MS1 – SKETCH BOOK BELONGING TO THOMAS CASE
MC:F30/MS1/1 n.d. [1880-1925]
Sketch book belonging to Thomas Case. Front of volume is signed ‘Thomas Case Beam Hall Oxford’. Contains series of drafts of pencil sketches of windows from churches etc. with MS comments. At the rear of the volume are sketches of tombstones in Westminster Abbey and Marylebone Church. Also some sketches of clowns, dogs, men with wheelbarrows and women, signed ‘M B Case’, presumably his daughter Mary (b.1880). The middle section of the volume is blank. Various photographs found in volume and catalogued below.
MC:F30/P1 – PHOTOGRAPHS OF ECCLESIASTICAL ARCHITECTURE
These were found in the volume above [MC:F30/MS1/1].
Photograph of Selby Abbey.
Photograph of Howden Abbey.
Photograph of Lichfield Cathedral.
Photograph of the University Church, Oxford
MC:F30/N1 – EPHEMERA ON THE ADMISSION OF WOMEN
These papers were found in a folder with no indication of their origins, except that one of them bore a bookplate from the books of Paul Benecke (F. 1891–1944). This might suggest that the folder came from his papers, except that Benecke was not generally known for his interest in university politics. The folder, however, has written on it “Philosophical Transactions Series A”, which has been crossed out and replaced by “Degrees for Women”. Since Case was a philosopher, and was deeply involved in opposing the admission of women to Oxford degrees, it is therefore slightly more plausible that he collected these papers and that they made their way into the Old Library through him. They are therefore listed among his papers with some caution.
MC:F30/N1/1 Feb–Mar 1896 & 4 Jan 1912
Folder of flysheets and other ephemera concerning a proposal to allow women students to take degrees at Oxford. The proposal failed, but the debate took place without any of the rowdy scenes witnessed in Cambridge during a similar debate in 1897 (see further J. Howarth in M. G. Brock and M. C. Curthoys (eds.), The History of the University of Oxford, Vol. VII: Nineteenth-Century Oxford, Part 2 (Oxford 2000), pp. 264–8, which alludes to “an unprecedented number of flysheets” being circulated during the debate).
Several of the flysheets are anonymous, but several are signed. Their authors include Thomas Case himself, Sir William Anson (Warden of All Souls), James Franck Bright (Master of University), Charles Dodgson (Student of Christ Church), Percy Gardner (Lincoln and Merton Professor of Archaeology), Thomas Grose (Fellow of Queen’s), A. H. Johnson (Fellow of All Souls), Reginald Macan (Fellow and later Master of University), Agnes Maitland (Principal of Somerville), H. F. Pelham (Camden Professor of Ancient History), Annie Rogers (Secretary of the Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford), James Strachan-Davidson (Fellow and later Master of Balliol), and Henry Wakeman (Fellow of All Souls).
The final item in the collection is a card from 1912 celebrating Thomas Case’s role in the first to defend compulsory Greek for entrants to Oxford. [51 items]