Department of Classics
   
   
  

Manuscripts and Special Collections

Substantial resources for researchers

The University is proud of its large and rich collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books, held by Manuscripts and Special Collections, a part of the University Libraries, Research and Learning Resources (LRLR).

The collections are open to all students and staff, and offer enormous research potential, as well as exciting opportunities for students to see and use original documents during the course of their studies. 

Faculty of Arts researchers discuss their research and the importance of the University of Nottingham libraries and special collections.

 

About the collections

Our internationally recognised collections include materials from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century over a range of subject areas.

 

Windows on War: a collaborative project between University of Nottingham researchers, Manuscripts and Special Collections and digital technologies experts.

 

Principal collections for Classics students and researchers

Special Collection

Special Collection is the name for a collection which has been built up over the years from general library stock. It comprises those books which have been considered inappropriate for open library shelves, due to their age, rarity, fragility, or for other reasons. All books published before 1850 are transferred into Special Collection. Special Collection contains older and rare works relating to the classics.

Many of the items in the collection are accessible through the University of Nottingham Library Online Catalogue (UNLOC). To browse the Collection, on the Basic Search screen, select 'Special Collection' in the Field to Search drop-down menu and enter the search term SPEC (the code for Special Collection).

Online Catalogue record for Special Collection

 

 

Briggs Collection of Educational Literature

This collection primarily focuses on printed works of instruction for children from the 16th to the early 19th century. The material covers the teaching of all branches of knowledge pre-1850, offering scope for the study of particular disciplines as well as specific examples of classroom texts. As such, it contains examples of books in Latin and works on the classics.

The collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham Library Online Catalogue (UNLOC). To browse the Collection, on the Basic Search screen, select 'Special Collection' in the Field to Search drop-down menu and enter the search term BCEL (the code for Briggs Collection of Educational Literature).

Fuller description for the Briggs Collection of Educational Literature

 
 

 

Queen Elizabeth's School Library

The collection comprises part of the old school library of Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. It numbers some 75 early books, consisting principally of classical texts, theology, and church history. About half the collection was printed before 1600, and many of the texts are in Latin.

The collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham Library Online Catalogue (UNLOC). To browse the Collection, on the Basic Search screen, select 'Special Collection' in the Field to Search drop-down menu and enter the search term QESL (the code for Queen Elizabeth's School Library).

Fuller description of the Queen Elizabeth's School Library

 

 

Early 13th century collection of Latin grammatical and philosophical treatises

This is a medieval bound volume, written in early 13th century hands. It contains grammatical texts and poems on Latin grammar, as used in the medieval school curriculum. It appears to have been used by students in the 14th and 15th centuries and includes rough sketches and words scribbled in at various places.

 

 

 

Visiting Manuscripts and Special Collections

Students and researchers are always welcome to visit the Reading Room to find out more about the collections, and how they can be used.

 

 

 

 

Department of Classics

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