fonds GDOW - Gerald Downs Archive

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Gerald Downs Archive


  • c 1700-1990 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.28 cubic metres

1 box and approximately 100 assorted volumes

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Gerald Stephen Downs was born in York in 1933. He trained as a teacher at St Bede's College, Durham, in the 1950s and during his professional career he worked at a number of schools in North Yorkshire, including Selby County Junior School, Carr County Junior School and Kirk Smeaton Church of England Primary School, where he was Acting Headteacher in 1988.

Following his retirement, he studied for a Master's Degree with the University of York. His dissertation on the subject of 'Public Elementary Education in York, 1870-1902' was completed in 1998.

Gerald Downs died on 18 February 2013.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute in 2013.

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Scope and content

Professional papers of Gerald Downs, including papers relating to his teacher training at St Bede’s College, Durham, 1950s, and notebooks and other papers concerning his teaching career at Selby County Junior School, Kirk Smeaton Church of England Primary School, Tadcaster Grammar School and Carr County Junior School, 1956-1987; ‘A Study of the Soil Arthropoda in a Permanent Stray Pasture, with particular reference to the Collembola of the Genus Onychiurus’ by G. S. Downs, n.d.; MA dissertation ‘Public Elementary Education in York, 1870-1902’ by G. S. Downs, 1998; MS notebook of cookery recipes recorded by Audrey Downs, n.d.

Papers of the York and District Teachers’ Association, including minutes of general and committee meetings, 1869-1906, with related press cuttings; yearbooks, 1911-1912, 1914; and printed conference souvenir volume for the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers held at York, 1900.

Papers of Bilbrough Council School, 1909-1954, including school log book, 1912-1954; regulations on corporal punishment issued by the West Riding County Council, 1909; enlarged plan of Bilbrough village, c.1934; and copy of school report, 1950.

Minutes and related papers of the York Drugs and Alcohol Forum, 1989-1991.

Parish officers accounts for Appleton Roebuck in the parish of Bolton Percy, 1814-1822, comprising Overseers of the Poor accounts and highway and constables’ accounts. Includes references to the building and outfitting of the parish school in 1817.

Assorted publications collected by Gerald Downs, most concerning the history of York and Yorkshire, 1719-1990s.


Further accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

The archive has not yet been catalogued. A loose arrangement has been created for the scope and content above.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Related units of description

Additional material relating to the township of Appleton Roebuck can be found in the Parish Records of Bolton Percy at the Borthwick Institute.

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 14.09.16.




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