The LJMU History archives trace the evolution and development of the University from its earliest incarnation in 1825 as the Liverpool Mechanics' Institute through to its designation as a university in 1992. Specific collections focus on the School of Art, Byrom Street and the IM Marsh campus.
Art School Archive
This archive consists of papers relating to the history of the Liverpool Art School, particularly from the establishment of the Liverpool City School of Art in 1905 until the mid-1950s. There are a few papers relating to the pre-1905 establishment, and incomplete papers from the mid-1950s until the establishment of the Polytechnic in 1970. The Liverpool Art School Archive List (PDF), shows what is available, including files of correspondence that relate to all aspects of the running of the Art School, committee papers and admissions registers. There are also a number of photographs and related news cuttings dealing with Art School events, particularly in the 1920s and 30s.
Byrom Street Archive
This is a collection of documents relating to the history of the colleges in the Byrom Street area, which were incorporated into Liverpool Polytechnic in 1970. The archives include admissions registers, letter books and committee minutes. A basic list of items can be found in the Byrom Street Archive List (PDF).
FL Calder Archive
The FL Calder College of Domestic Science, named after its founder Fanny Louisa Calder, was one of the independent institutions which eventually became Liverpool John Moores University. The archives include interesting early cookery books, letters and administrative records, photographs and a letter from Florence Nightingale referring to Miss Calder as the “Saint of the Laundry, Cooking and Health”.