Obituary: B. S. Page

Bertram Samuel (Tony) Page, librarian: born Kidderminster 1 September 1904; Assistant Librarian (later Sub- Librarian), Birmingham University 1931-36; Librarian, King's College, Newcastle upon Tyne 1936-47; Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, Leeds University 1947-69 (Emeritus); Chairman, Standing Conference of National and University Libraries 1961-63; President, Library Association 1960; married 1933 Olga Mason; died Oxford 13 October 1993.

B. S. PAGE was one of the last few remaining scholar university librarians in Britain. Much of his life was occupied by his research on Plotinus, which affected his attitude to his university and to fellow scholars.

In the years before the fashion for information technology, emphasis was laid on the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts as well as on research material of all kinds. As a result, the collections of the university library at Leeds and of the Brotherton donation were extended during the period when Page was University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, from 1947 to 1969.

Tony Page was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, in 1904 and educated at Kidderminster Grammar School and Birmingham University. From 1931 to 1936 he was assistant and sub-librarian at Birmingham University, and from 1931 to 1063 Librarian of King's College, Newcastle. He was President of the Library Association in 1960 and Chairman of Standing Conference of the National and University Libraries from 1961 to 1963.

In the book A Manual of University and College Library Practice which Page compiled with Geoffrey Woledge, they write:

In order to have the necessary similarity with the professors and teaching staff (the chief librarian) should himself have undertaken, or been engaged in, research work. This will enable him also to understand the requirements of the research workers who are using the library as well as the undergraduates.

In addition they should obtain a library qualification. Stocks of the book, published in 1940, were destroyed by bombing, so that it did not exercise the influence it deserved.

As a librarian Page was very generous in his dealings with his staff. Under his predecessor Richard Offer, Leeds had trained a number of deputy librarians who had been appointed university librarians and Page went on to make Leeds the best centre for furthering the careers of young librarians. His influence on the profession was considerable, especially in helping to raise the status of librarians by improving their standards and their

salaries.

Those of us who worked for Tony Page will not forget his voice booming round the dome of the Brotherton Library. It was unfortunate, that during his years of office he did not see his plans for the first undergraduate library in Britain come to fruition.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Guru Careers: Graduate Resourcer / Recruitment Account Executive

£18k + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a bright, enthusiastic and internet...

Reach Volunteering: Chair and trustees sought for YMCA Bolton

VOLUNTARY ONLY - EXPENSES REIMBURSED: Reach Volunteering: Bolton YMCA is now a...

Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher

£150 - £180 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher Geography teach...

Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher

£150 - £180 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher Geography teach...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine