Sweetman, Papers of J. W.

Reference code(s): GB 0151 DA42
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Orchard Learning Resources Centre
Title: Sweetman, Papers of J. W.
Date(s) of contents: 1930-1959
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 6 linear metres


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Administrative/Biographical history: James Windrow Sweetman (d 1966) was Vice-Principal of the Henry Martyn School of Islamics at Aligarh in India, and then Professor of Islamics at the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. His publications include: 'Islam and Christian theology: a study of the interpretation of theological ideas in the two religions' (Pt 1, Vol. 1: Preparatory historical survey of the early period; Vol. 2: The theological position at the close of the period of Christian ascendancy in the Near East. Pt 2, Vol. 1: Historical survey of the second period; Vol. 2: Mediaeval scholastic developments) (Lutterworth Press, 1945, 1947, 1955, 1967). He also wrote 'The Bible in Islam' (British and Foreign Bible Society, 1953).

Custodial history: The original provenance of this collection is unknown. It was transferred from the Selly Oak Colleges Library to the Orchard Learning Resources Centre which was opened in 1997 following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges Library and the Westhill College Library. A small part of the collection has been catalogued in conjunction with the records of the Central Literature Committee for Moslems. Cataloguing of these records was undertaken by the Special Collections Department, University of Birmingham, in August 2000, as a result of the University of Birmingham's relationship with Selly Oak Colleges endowment trust.

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Scope and content/abstract: Research and other papers of James Windrow Sweetman comprising boxes of notes and folders containing transcripts, extracts, outlines, planning notes, correspondence, bibliographies and printed material. These papers relate to Christianity, Islam, and relations between the religions' missions.

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Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open This collection is held at Orchard Learning Resources Centre on the Selly Oak campus. All collections housed at the OLRC are currently made available for consultation in the Special Collections Department in the Main Library on the Edgbaston campus. Researchers are therefore required to make an appointment with the University Archivist to consult this collection and to give at least one week's notice of a visit in order for the material to be made available. Researchers are required to bring a letter of introduction with them on their first visit in order to obtain a reader's ticket.

Conditions governing reproduction: 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 (email: special-collections@bham.ac.uk). 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.

Finding aids: This collection is largely uncatalogued. A temporary paper catalogue to file level of a small part of this collection comprising Sweetman's research materials relating to the Central Literature Committee for Moslems is available for consultation at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre and in the Special Collections Department reading room. These materials, comprising 12 folders, were listed when the records of the Central Literature Committee for Moslems were also catalogued in 2000.


Related material: The Orchard Learning Resources Centre holds records of the Central Literature Committee for Moslems (GB 0151 DA7)


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 08/3/2000, modified 09/10/2002 Bassettp


Personal names
Sweetman | James Windrow | d 1966 | Professor of Islamics

Corporate names