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UEA/GUT - W. L. Guttsman (first Librarian)

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Level of description
W. L. Guttsman (first Librarian)
Quantity & Format
13 Files Mixed
University of East Anglia. Library
Library science
Labour -- History
Guttsman, W. L.
Scope and content
Contains: a 1951/52 report of the British Library of Political and Economic Science where Willi was Acquisitions Officer.

Proofs and drafts for articles and chapters on the British political elites, and German social politics and history.

A collection of journal articles and reprints by Guttsman; the annual report of the [UEA] Librarian, 1984-84; and a copy of his 1950 MSc thesis: 'A study of the social origin and character of British political leaders, 1886-1936'.

Bibliographies; CVs; a 1991 application letter by Guttsman for the degree of Doctor of Letters; and obituary drafts.

A 1974 document by Guttsman on the optimum size of UEA and a 1975 letter concerning university planning; a recollection on Denys Lasdun’s buildings at the UEA, including the Library; ARLIS (Art Libraries Society) newsletter on subject specialisation in Libraries; statistics on the annual output of books; and correspondence concerning a survey on labour history material and the collection of printed ephemera in the social sciences.

Correspondence relating to Guttsman's planning of study visits to Heidelberg in 1972 and East Berlin in 1984.

General correspondence which includes a letter from Vice-Chancellor Frank Thistlethwaite regarding his receiving an honorary degree; and a 1973 letter by Willi to the press concerning the prosecution of Bristows bookshop.

Group photographs of Library staff at Guttsman's retirement in 1985; group photographs of UEA senior staff; a photograph of a young Guttsman? in mountainous terrain and one of mountaineers (Guttsman had a passion for mountaineering and skiing); and a photograph of his father?

A postcard from the novelist E.M. Forster to Guttsman, 1966.

An additional deposit of files was made to this collection in 2012. This originated from the UEA Information Services Directorate Office. These 13 files relate to labour history, social scientists in university libraries, and Guttsman's visits to Germany, Czechoslovakia, and the US.

Willi (Wilhelm Leo) Guttsman (23/08/1920-13/02/1998) was the author of a number of important scholarly works on German history, particularly on the German Social Democratic party in the Imperial and Weimar periods and its views on, and experience of, art and culture. He was also the founding Librarian at the UEA (1962-1985).

A small collection of manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs, form the basis of archive series UEA/GUT within the UEA collection.
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