Manuscripts and Special Collections


Congregation in Nottingham, procession crossing Market Square in 1951

The University Archives are the historical records of the University of Nottingham and its predecessor, University College, Nottingham.

The Archives constitute the corporate memory of the University and are an integral part of its academic and cultural heritage. A number of key series of records are available to researchers in the Reading Room at King's Meadow Campus.

The archives date from 1877 and are divided between the records of:

  • University College, Nottingham
  • The University of Nottingham
  • Midland Agricultural College

Many papers of former staff and students are also held in Manuscripts and Special Collections. The majority of these are classed as personal papers rather than University archives and more information about them can be found in University Related Archives.

The records cover the entire lifespan of the University, from the opening of the University College in 1881 through to the present day. The records relate particularly to the University College period and to the development of the University up to the 1960s. Coverage of the last 50 years is less comprehensive. The records include administrative files, accounts, correspondence, minutes, plans, photographs, student registers, newspaper cuttings and ephemera.

A selection of photographs and plans has been digitised and is available in the Digital Gallery.

Further work will be undertaken on these webpages as new material is acquired and catalogued. The cataloguing of the papers of the University of Nottingham (1948-) is ongoing and more information will be added to these pages as material becomes available.  

Next page: University College History 



Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8651