Papers of Bert Cummings, College Servant (d. 1983)

Bert Cummings was a college servant who worked at University College from 1919 to 1969. For the most of his time he was a scout in charge of 90 High Street and was also the College Messenger. Bert and his wife also ran 18 Merton Street when it was used for student accommodation. He died in 1983, There is an obituary for him on page 249 of the 1983 issue of the "University College Record".

These papers were given to the Archives in June 1998 by his son David, as Accession No. 64.

Catalogued by Andrew Crawford in June 2009.

    UC:P265/X1 - DINNER MENUS FOR THE BOAT CLUB

UC:P265/X1/1    28 Feb 1906
        Menu to celebrate the Torpids crew going Head of the River.

UC:P265/X1/2    11 Jun 1927
        Menu to celebrate the centenary of the University College Boat Club.

UC:P265/X1/3    13 Mar 1928
        Menu to celebrate a Bumps Supper for the First Torpids for getting four bumps.

UC:P265/X1/4    29 May 1929
        Menu to celebrate a Bumps Supper for the First Eight for getting six bumps. The menu was signed by some of the Fellows and some of the students.

UC:P265/X1/5    22 Feb 1933
        Menu to celebrate a Bumps Supper for the First Torpid for getting four bumps. The menu is signed by students.

UC:P265/X1/6    27 Feb 1952
        Menu to celebrate a Bumps Supper for The First Torpid.

UC:P265/X1/7    28 May 1952
        Menu to celebrate a Bumps Supper for the First Eight.

UC:P265/X2- PROGRAMMES FOR UNIVERSITY COLLEGE COMMEMORATION BALLS

UC:P265/X2/1    23 Jun 1952
        Programme for the University College Commemoration Ball.

UC:P265/X2/2    20 Jun 1955
        Programme for the University College Commemoration Ball.

UC:P265/X2/3    20 Jun 1955
        Menu for the “Champagne Supper” during the Commemoration Ball.

UC:P265/X2/4    20 Jun 1961
        Programme for the University College Commemoration Ball.

UC:P265/X2/5    Jun 1964
        Programme for the University College Commemoration Ball (This has fallen apart and is in many pieces).

    UC:P265/X3- DINNER MENUS FOR VARIOUS EVENTS IN THE COLLEGE

UC:P265/X3/1    6 Mar 1923
        A dinner menu for: winning the Inter-College Athletic Cup, getting four bumps in Torpids and for being finalists in the Inter-College Golf Cup.

UC:P265/X3/2    25 Mar 1924
        A dinner menu for the Presentation of the Portrait of Dr. R. W. Macan, master from 1906 until 1923.

UC:P265/X3/3    27 Mar 1926
        A dinner menu for the reunion of members of the college from 1900 to 1922.

UC:P265/X3/4    15 Jun 1949
        A menu of a dinner for the Shakespeare Club.

UC:P265/X3/5    8 Mar 1950
        A menu for a meal to celebrate the University College Hockey team winning the Inter-Collegiate Cup.

UC:P265/X3/6    2 Dec 1958
        A menu for a meal to celebrate the University College Hockey team winning the Inter-Collegiate Cup.

    UC:P265/X4- MENUS CONNECTED WITH R. G. STURDY

Ronald George Sturdy (d. 2003) came up to University College in 1936 as a Rhodes Scholar to read Law. All these menus appear to have been owned by him at some point, but at some stage he appears to have given them to Bert Cummings.

UC:P265/X4/1    3 Dec 1938
        A menu from the “Café Royal” in Regent Street, W.1 for a dinner held to celebrate the Oxford and Cambridge football match. Students have made various comments directed towards R. G. Sturdy.
 
UC:P265/X4/2    23 Feb 1939
        A dinner menu for in honour of the University College rugby team’s success in winning the Inter-Collegiate Cup. Various comments inside the book are directed towards R. G. Sturdy. The menu is signed by Sir William Beveridge and John Maud.

UC:P265/X4/3    4 Mar 1939
        A menu of a dinner for the Shakespeare Club given in honour of R. G. Sturdy. Students have made comments in the menu directed towards Sturdy.

UC:P265/X4/4     20 May 1939
        A menu for a meal at Christ Church to celebrate the Oxford versus Cambridge tennis match. Various written comments inside have been directed towards Sturdy.

 

    UC:P265/X5 - PAPERS ON THE 700TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COLLEGE

UC:P265/X5/1–2    20 Jun 1949
        Two copies of the programme for the Ball held to mark the 700th anniversary of the benefaction of William of Durham.

 

    UC:P265/N1- UNIVERSITY COLLEGE INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS

UC:P265/N1/1    1946
        A booklet of the information and regulations of University College.

    UC:P265/P1- PHOTOGRAPHS

UC:P265/P1/1    c. 1900?
        A photograph of a young boy, presumably Bert Cummings in childhood.

UC:P265/P1/2    1930
        A photograph of the University College rugby team in 1930.