Digitising our historic theses

Three members of the thesis digitisation team stand in front of white shelves where the theses are stored.

Since July 2017, the Digitisation Service based in the Main Library has been digitising the University’s historic thesis collection, which dates to the turn of the twentieth century.

This exciting project should see research once largely hidden from view being shared with a wider public online, via our institutional etheses repository. The repository houses electronic theses up to the present day, and wherever possible theses are made openly available to download.

A thesis is placed on the scanning machine.

The first phase of this work will see us digitising our historic theses up to 1930. If you have a relative who completed a Masters or Doctoral level degree at the University up until 1930 and would like to know more about this Project, please contact us ubira@lists.bham.ac.uk or telephone the Digital Assets team on 0121 414 3397.

We welcome any alumni of the University, or their next of kin where applicable, to get in touch if you wish to have your Masters or Doctorate level thesis digitised and shared online. To avoid disappointment, first check the author or thesis details on FindIt@Bham to confirm that the thesis forms part of our library holdings.

Gems from the collection so far

An elaborate handwritten thesis front cover from 1913.

Elaborate handwritten cover of a thesis about the West Bromwich district.

A very smoggy photograph of the Black Country in 1913 - and very neat handwriting.

smoggy-black-country

A photograph of a magnified section of an artery.

Photograph of magnified cell from a biology thesis

No Refworks in those days, so they typed their theses and added footnotes in pen!

Typed thesis with handwritten footnotes.

A huge map

thesis-map

Another handwritten front cover.

Handwritten thesis front cover