Manuscripts and Special Collections

Collections in Context

This series of resources gives in-depth information about particularly significant collections held by Manuscripts and Special Collections, or subject areas featured in our holdings. 

This is not a comprehensive overview of all of our collections. See All Collections for details about the full range of material that we hold.


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This collection is a major research resource for ecclesiastical court history, and touches also on many local issues.

Family and Estate

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Family and estate collections are a valuable resource for British social, political, economic and administrative history.


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The University holds many materials which are relevant to aspects of the history of health and medical treatment.


DH Lawrence

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A major international research resource for the study of this Nottinghamshire born writer.

University archives

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Historical records of The University of Nottingham and its predecessor, University College, Nottingham


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Collections relating to rivers, water supply and drainage touch on a wide variety of themes.


East Midlands 


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Books, periodicals and other materials on the historic counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

Nonconformist churches


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Records of Congregational, Presbyterian, United Reformed, Baptist and Unitarian churches in Nottingham, Mansfield and Retford.

Medieval Literary Manuscripts


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Religious service books, poetry, prose tales and works of moral instruction, including the Wollaton Library Collection and the Wollaton Antiphonal.



 Business Records

Photograph of the wages office at the Chilprufe Manufacturing Co., Chilprufe Mills, Leicester, 1929

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Collections of archive and printed materials relating to businesses, industries, and trade unions with a strong focus on Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Transcriptions and Name Indices

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Search and browse transcriptions and name indices available for some of the Archdeaconry, Nonconformist and University records.


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Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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