Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham (CLR)


The CLR has substantial holdings of rare books and rich archival material available for research into a wide range of subjects within the sphere of printing history and culture, for example:

  • John Baskerville
  • James Belcher [18c Bham printer & bookseller], eg his diary
  • Giambattista Bodoni (170 books including splendid editions of the classics)
  • Foulis Press (200 imprints in a single collection, together with a 1783 type specimen by Alexander Wilson who designed the Foulis typefaces).
  • William Hodgetts [19c Bham printer and publisher], eg correspondence with Joshua Toulmin Smith
  • Leonard Jay of the Birmingham School of Printing – papers and correspondence
  • Kelmscott Press
  • The (F. E. “Bill”) Pardoe Collection
  • Sceptre Press Archive and the Martin Booth (poet) Collection
  • Shakespeare Folios
  • The Beatrice Ward Collection
  • Resources related to 18th and 19th century book production
  • Book Trade Index


In addition there is material related more particularly to calligraphers and designers:

  • Margaret Adams [20c calligrapher, Stanbrook Abbey Press]
  • Alfred Fairbank [19/20c calligrapher, + archives of medieval m/s Fairbank used as inspiration in his work]
  • Joseph Gillott [pen nib maker]
  • Edward Johnston [19/20c calligrapher and typeface designer for London Transport]
  • William Parry [18c calligrapher and numismatist]
  • Edward D Riches [19c calligrapher]
  • John Rutlish [17c calligrapher]

Contact Details

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B315 2TT