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xClassmark collection (19th-20th C.)


Material relegated to Store in the mid-20th century by the Library of University College Cardiff (as it then was), of lesser used materials. It covers all subjects, ranging from literature to religion, and social sciences to physical sciences. Included in this material is much of the personal collection of Cyril Brett, bought by the University in 1936, as well as the library of the RIBA architect, Robert Williams (Ystradowen, 1848-1918). There is a card catalogue of the xClassmark collection, but it has never been catalogued online. It contains English literature, continental literature, reprints of old English and Tudor drama, German translations of Shakespeare, British and European illustrated histories, ancient and classical studies, and religion. Part of the personal library of Claude Metford Thompson, first professor of Chemistry in the University, is also held in Store.

Date range: 18th-20th century

Significance: Significant in Wales

Strengths: 19th century English literature

Size: c. 250 metres of books – approximately 7,000 volumes. (Brett = 30m, Continental = 30m, Literature = 30m, Drama = 5m, Art and architecture = 5m, Science = 10m, History (British, Classical, Europe, International) = 50m, Religion = 50m, Social Science = 50m. [Store Bays 26, 27, 28].

Languages:  English, French, German, Spanish, etc.

Keywords: English literature, history, religion, social science, European literature, classical studies.