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Albums of the South Oxfordshire Hunt

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This material is held at University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library, Special Collections
Reference Number(s) GB 150 MS050
Dates of Creation 1902-1907
Name of Creator Sir (William) Henry Barber
Language of Material English
Physical Description 4 volumes

Scope and Content

Albums of newspaper cuttings and photographs relating to the meetings of the South Oxfordshire Fox Hounds under the mastership of W. Henry Barber (1860-1927).

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir (William) Henry Barber (1860-1927) was the son of William Henry Barber of Edgbaston. He married Martha Constance, only daughter of Simon Onions of Earls Croom, Worcestershire in 1893. He adopted law as a profession and practised for a while in Birmingham but he retired before he was 40 and went to live at Culham Court, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire. His general interests were in agriculture and in the breeding of hunters. He was appointed as Master of the South Oxfordshire Hunt in 1902, succeeding Harold Pease and served as master for many years. He was also a member of the Hunters' Improvement Society and a member of the Coaching Club.

His connection with the University of Birmingham was a long one. He was one of the donors to the original endowment fund of the University in 1900 and in 1923 endowed the Chair of Law. He was a Life Governor of the University and was created a baronet in 1924. He died in 1927 but in 1932, his widow made a gift to the University for the provision of an Institute of Fine Arts and the study of Fine Arts generally; for the advance of music and musical education in the university; and for further developments in the Faculty of Law. According to the press statement, the gift was made "to give effect to the intention expressed during his lifetime of her late husband".

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed May 2002.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

These volumes were bequeathed by Lady Barber of Culham Court, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire in 1933 to the University of Birmingham and were originally catalogued as printed books, rfSK288.S6, book numbers 240,537-540.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department.


Hunting Great Britain

Personal Names

Barber Sir William Henry 1860-1927 Knight, lawyer, agriculturalist

Corporate Names

South Oxfordshire Hunt

Cataloguing Info

Title A Collection-level Description for the Albums of the South Oxfordshire Hunt
Publication University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department
Main Library, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom, Tel 0121 414 5838, Fax 0121 471 4691, Email special-collections@bham.ac.uk,
Creation Processed by Caroline Hughes July 2002
17 June 2005
  • Catalogue record converted to EAD2002, May 2005.