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William Mansfield Cooper Papers

Date range: 1948–70.

Papers of Sir William Mansfield Cooper (1903–92), Professor of Industrial and Commercial Law at Manchester University, 1949–70, and Vice-Chancellor of the University, 1956–70.

His papers relate not only to his distinguished University career, but also to a wide range of external interests, such as the setting up of schools television services by the Independent Television Authority, the Fulbright Commission for fostering Anglo-American academic contacts, and above all the promotion of co-operation on higher education in Europe. 

There are minutes,  reports and other printed matter recording the activities of the Western European Union European Universities Committee, the Standing Conference of Rectors and Vice-Chancellors of the European Universities, and various sections of the Council of Europe, especially the Committee for Higher Education and Research.

The collection also includes Mansfield Cooper’s diaries during his period as Vice-Chancellor, and following his retirement.

Finding aids

Collection-level description available on ELGAR.


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