Manchester Metropolitan University
The Sir Harry Page Collection of Victorian Scrapbooks, Albums and Commonplace Books was purchased by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 1987. Harry Page (1911-1985), City Treasurer to Manchester City Council, compiled the collection between 1953 and his death in 1985.
The core collection consists of 276 bound albums and commonplace books created between 1752 and 1935, the majority being from the 19th century and emanating from families based in the North West of England. Page’s stated focus was “scrap-books, not too late, nor relying too much on the press”
Each of the 276 albums is a unique and eclectic compilation, combining manuscript material, drawings, paintings and printed material with fine examples of Victorian lithography, caricature and cartoons, postcards, greetings cards, photography and ephemera. Many of the albums have fine contemporary bindings.