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Papers of Thomas Frederick Tout

Date range: c.1890-1935.

Papers of Thomas Frederick Tout (1855-1929), Professor of Medieval and Modern History at Owens College and later the University of Manchester, 1890-1925.

Tout was, with James Tait, one of the two leading figures of the 'Manchester History School' and is best known for his Chapters in the Administrative History of Medieval England (6 vols, 1920-1931), The Political History of England, 1216-1377 (1905), and The Place of the Reign of Edward II in English History (1914).

He was actively involved in the life and running of the University and his papers contain a wealth of information on general academic affairs as well as his own historical research.

Tout's papers include notebooks, drafts of many historical works, newspaper cuttings, photographs, and a large quantity of correspondence.

Correspondents include:

There are many letters from Tout's former pupils serving in the First World War, recording their experiences. There is also considerable family correspondence, including over 120 letters to Tout from his wife Mary.

The collection also contains several hundred letters and papers preserved by Mary Tout, who was herself an historian and a campaigner for the development of women's education. Her role in the University Women's Federation is well documented.

Altogether the collection has significance for the history of higher education, the history of historical research and teaching, women's studies, particularly in relation to education, and military history.

Finding aids

  • Catalogue available online via ELGAR.
  • F.M. Powicke, T.F. Tout, 1855-1929 (London, 1931).
  • F.M. Powicke (ed.), The Collected Papers of Thomas Frederick Tout, 3 vols (Manchester, 1932–4).


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