New catalogues now live

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Two new catalogues are now available on the Archives Hub:

EB: Early Printed Books. Dating from 1474 to 1799, these books were purchased at various dates by predecessors of the De Montfort University Library. The majority have subjects which do not reflect the teaching strengths of the university. It is believed therefore that they were purchased as examples of bookbinding, leatherworking, typography and lettering for students of those subjects.

D/054: Portraits of Staff and Governors, Leicester Polytechnic and Predecessors. These comprise 18 bronze sculpted relief portraits of notable staff and governors of the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art School and its successors Leicester College of Art, Leicester College of Technology, and Leicester Polytechnic. The portraits are set into wooden mounts for display.

In addition, D/039: City of Leicester Training College for Teachers has been catalogued to item level. This collection outlines the development of the training college, based in Humberstone Road and then Scraptoft, until it merged with Leicester Polytechnic in 1976. The highlight of the collection are three scrapbooks containing press cuttings, photographs, circular letters, curriculum notes, class timetables, examination lists, events tickets and posters, and magazines relating to the College. These reveal a close-knit, largely female community enjoying learning, teaching, outings and parties.

 

About Katharine Short

When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
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