John Henry Wilkins was born in 1892, and came to work at University College in 1906 as a servant. He served with the Army Medical Corps in the First World War, before returning to the College, and worked as a scout on Staircases V and VI. He retired temporarily in 1970, before returning to serve as a waiter for Formal Hall. He finally retired from this at Christmas 1972 (UCR Vol. VI no. 2 (1972), 152).
These papers, which include photographs, newspaper cuttings, letters, ephemera, and the texts of some speeches delivered by Wilkins at College occasions, were given by Wilkins’ niece to Dr. Gordon Screaton (Fellow 1962–2001), who in turn presented them to the archives in November 2007 as Accession No. 749.
The papers are arranged into the following sections:
UC:P251/MS1 Speeches given by Wilkins
UC:P251/MS2 Other Material
UC:P251/N1 Newspaper Cuttings