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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Pitman Collection
A collection of around 7300 items relating to the history of shorthand, writing systems, orthography and spelling reform comprising archive documents and books. This is mainly the private collection of Sir Isaac Pitman, the inventor of Pitman's shorthand, and his grandson Sir (Isaac) James Pitman. This is a closed archive with restricted access. Appointments can be made to view the archive between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Please contact the University Archivist for further details.
A significant proportion of the collection is in shorthand. The collection includes some materials in languages other than English.
  • Books
  • Correspondence
  • documents
  • Manuscripts
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • artefacts
Star Item(s)
Death Mask of Sir Isaac Pitman
Language and linguistics: national and international significance
Date range of collection
1901 - 1985
Accumulation Dates
1970 - 2004
Suggested Audience
general interest
Associated Places
Viewing the collection
Restricted access not all the material in this collection may yet be available for consultation. Enquiries should be addressed in the first instance to the university archivist.
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This collection is about

Location Details

University of Bath, Library and Learning Centre
Claverton Down Bath Somerset BA2 7AY United Kingdom
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Visiting Information
Access is for reference to paper based materials only. There is no electronic access. A black and white photocopier which takes cash payment is available. External borrowing membership is available for an annual charge.
Any student or member of staff from another institution which has university status can enter the building on any day on production of a vaild library card crom the home institution or a UK Libraries Plus card. All other visitors can enter the library on any weekend or during any day when the library is open during the University vacations. If you want to visit at any other time, please write to the Head of Reader Services, stating when you wish to visit and what material you would like to consult. This will ensure that staff are available to help during the very busy academic semesters. Please note that unaccompanied children under the age of 16 will not be granted access. Visitors must report to the Reception Desk with appropriate ID and will be asked to complete some registration formalities before entering the building.
Collections Overview
The Library collection supports the university's teaching and research interests and is arranged over five floors on open shelves for browsing. Subjects include Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Civil engineering, Computer science, Economics, Education, Electronic engineering, European studies, Health, Language and languages, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical sciences, Natural sciences, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physics, Psychology, Social sciences and Sports sciences. There are a number of special collections; the Antiquarian Collection, European Documentation Centre (EDC), Open University Collection, Pitman Collection, Richard Bowen Judo Collection, Royal Bath and West of England Society Library Collection and the Watkins Collection. The Library also holds copies of theses submitted for University of Bath degrees and the institutional records of the University of Bath.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
Occasional donations from the Pitman Company and individuals, including members of the Pitman family
Legal Status
Property of the University of Bath
Custodial History
The Pitman shorthand material was transferred as a gift to the University of Bath in 1970. The library of Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation, and associated correspondence and papers, was donated in 1977.
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Management Information (Type)
  • Collection.
  • Library.
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