John Rylands University Library, Manchester

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John Rylands University Library, Manchester

PEGG, Michael Anstice (1931 - 2006), University Librarian and Director, John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester, 1981–90


TAYLOR, Frank (1910 - 2000), Deputy Director and Principal Keeper, The John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 1972–77; Hon. Lecturer in Manuscript Studies, University of Manchester, 1967–77

SIMPSON, William George (born 1945), international library and heritage consultant, since 2008; Director of the John Rylands Library and University Librarian, University of Manchester, 2002–07

BROCKBANK, William (1900 - 1984), Consulting Physician, Royal Infirmary, Manchester, since 1965; Hon. Medical Archivist Manchester University, 1965–75, Hon. Archivist and Keeper, John Rylands University of Manchester Library, since 1975; Hon. Archivist, Manchester Royal Infirmary, 1965–77, Hon. Consultant Archivist, since 1978

HUNT, Christopher John (born 1937), Acting Director of Library Services, University of London, 2003–04; Director and University Librarian, John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 1991–2002, now University Librarian Emeritus

A Repertorium of Middle English Prose Sermons. Part 1: Introduction and Cambridge University Library to London, British Library (Additional). Part 2: London, British Library (Arundel) to London, Westminster Abbey Library. Part 3: Manchester, John Rylands University Library to Oxford, Bodleian Library. Part 4: Oxford, Hertford College to York, Borthwick Institute for Archives, plus Indices. By Veronica O’Mara and Suzanne Paul.

GUPPY, Henry (1861 - 1948), LittD (Manchester); Médaille du Roi Albert; Librarian of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, since 1899; President (1926–27) and Hon. Fellow of the Library Association; Member of the Roxburghe Club; inaugurated the reconstruction of the Library of the University of Louvain, Dec. 1914

STREAT, (Edward) Raymond (1897 - 1979), Member, Court of Governors, Manchester University (Member Council, 1943–72, Chairman, 1957–65, Treasurer, 1951–57); Hon. Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford (Visiting Fellow, 1944–59); Vice-President, Lancashire and Merseyside Industrial Development Association, 1946–75; Trustee, John Rylands Library, 1960–75


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Set up by Mrs E. A. Rylands in memory of her husband, and opened in 1900, the Library is in the custody of the University of Manchester. The collection started with the purchase of the famous Althorp library of Earl Spencer, containing 40 000 volumes. It has a considerable manuscript collection, including a wide range of charters and deeds, manorial records, and family muniments, particularly those of the landed families of Cheshire and Greater Manchester. See Peter McNiven and Dorothy Clayton, ‘The John Rylands University Library of Manchester: A Resource for the Local Historian’, Local Historian, 19/2 (1989).

http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk John Rylands Library.

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