Manuscripts and Special Collections

Name Indexing and Transcriptions

Many documents in Manuscripts and Special Collections contain valuable information about people and families in Nottinghamshire. For many years, our dedicated volunteers have been indexing and transcribing the details from some of these sources. This is an ongoing project and the indices will be updated as more transcriptions are completed.

Although the indices do not contain images of the records, in most cases the original documents are available to consult in the Reading Room. We operate a reprographics service and copies can be made subject to the condition of the document. Please contact us for more information. 

Archdeaconry Court Records

There are many different documents created and kept by the Archdeaconry Court, of which we have name-indexed the Marriage Bonds and Presentment Bills, and some Penances.

Marriage bonds were issued to couples applying to marry by licence. The fully-searchable database spans 1771-1884, with a ten year gap from 1790. Please click on 'more search options' in the search form to enable searching of brides' maiden or widowed names.

Churchwarden's presentment bills are reports from parishes naming people brought before the ecclesiastical court, for offences of a religious or moral nature (not criminal). This index contains approximately 30,000 entries spanning 1587 to 1756.

For more information about the Archdeaconry Court, please see our guide to the collection.

Search the Archdeaconry Records


Nonconformist Records

We have extracts of baptism, marriage and burial registers transcribed from six nonconformist churches and available in PDF format. These records are subject to a 100-year closure period under the Data Protection Act, so the most recent entries will not be included in the index.

Please see the church’s individual pages for further details and to browse the transcriptions:


University College Nottingham Records

The University Archive contains many different types of records relating to the students and staff. These records are subject to a 75-year closure period under the Data Protection Act. For more information about the University Archive, please see our guide to the collection.

The following name indices are in PDF format.

  • Staff and Student Testimonials

Staff and student testimonials are scattered throughout various administrative files. They were written for former students or staff who requested references for employment or further study, and are sometimes accompanied by other documentation such as letters. There are currently 888 testimonials which are listed as they appear in the folders, and are not sorted by name or department.

Please note that the dates refer to the date of the testimonial and does not necessarily reflect the dates the person was at UCN.

UR 778 Testimonials, 1923-1935
UR 779 Testimonials, 1923-1935
UR 780 Testimonials, 1925-1932
UR 781 Testimonials, 1925-1932 
UR 974 Testimonials, 1928-1934
UCN/T/1/2/1 Testimonials, 1924-1930 
UCN/T/1/2/2 Testimonials, 1929-1933
UCN/T/1/2/3 Testimonials, 1930-1933
UCN/T/1/2/4 Testimonials, 1926-1929
UCN/A/6/4/33 Testimonials, 1930-1935
UCN/A/6/5/75 Testimonials, May 1936-April 1937
UCN/A/6/5/80 Testimonials, 8 May 1935-15 October 1935
UCN/A/6/5/84 Testimonials, April 1937-December 1937

  • Student Applications for the Elementary Training Department (Teacher Training)

Applications for places on the Teacher Training courses are scattered throughout various registers and administrative files. They have been indexed alphabetically by date and gender.

UR 1059/1 Student Applications (female), 1921-1923
UR 945 Student Applications (male), 1925-1934
UR 947 Student Applications (male), 1925-1934



Marriage bond between Samuel Dudson and Mary Johnson, both of Mansfield, 1774 (Ref AN/MB/170/129)




Copy Baptism Register of the Old Meeting House, Mansfield, 1738 (Ref OL R/1)


Female students gathered around a noticeboard in the Trent Building, c.1949

Students looking at a notice board in Trent Building, University of Nottingham, c.1949 (Ref UMP 1/13/24)


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