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Kenneth William Humphreys

Medieval historian , university librarian

Kenneth William Humphreys, British university librarian, medieval historian. Served with British Army, 1939-1945, North African Theatre of Operations, European Theatre of Operations. Honorary fellow Library Association London, 1982; Member Comite International de Paleographie.

Background

Humphreys, Kenneth William was born on December 4, 1916 in Oxford, England. Son of Joseph M. and Bessie (Benfield) Humphreys.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Oxford University, 1938, Master of Arts, 1942, Bachelor of Letters, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy., Birmingham University, England, 1967. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Trinity College, Dublin, 1967.

Library assistant All Souls College, Oxford, 1933-1935, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1935-1950. Deputy librarian University Leeds, England, 1950-1952. Librarian University Birmingham, 1952-1975, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 1975-1981.

Professor University Haifa, Israel, 1982. Honorary lecturer palaeography University Leeds, 1950-1952, University Birmingham, 1952-1975, Panizzi lecturer, 1987. Honorary secretary Standing Conference National and University Libraries, 1954-1969, chairman, 1971-1972.

Member Library Advisory Council England, 1966-1971. Honorary secretary Ligue des Bibliotheques Europeennes de Recherche, 1971-1974, president, 1974-1980. President national and university libraries section International Federation Library Associations, 1968-1969, president university libraries sub-section, 1967-1974.

Career

Professor University Haifa, Israel, 1982.

Works

  • Author: The Book Provisions of the Medieval Friars, 1964. Medieval Library of Carmelites at Florence, 1966. Library of the Franciscans, St. Antony, Padua, 1966.

    Library of the Franciscans of Siena in the Late 15th Century, 1978.

Membership

Served with British Army, 1939-1945, North African Theatre of Operations, European Theatre of Operations. Honorary fellow Library Association London, 1982. Member Comite International de Paleographie.

Clubs: Athenaeum (London).

Connections

Married Margaret Hill, April 15, 1939. Children– Robin Geoffrey, Peter Martin.

father:
Joseph M. Humphreys

mother:
Bessie (Benfield) Humphreys

spouse:
Margaret Hill

children:
Robin Geoffrey Humphreys

Peter Martin Humphreys