Manuscripts and Special Collections

University Related Archives

Below is a guide to material relating to the University College, Nottingham or the University of Nottingham which is not contained in the main university collections:

Printed Material

Printed material is also present in the University archives, but more complete series of publications such as the University Calendar, Annual Reports, departmental prospectuses and student publications are held in the University of Nottingham Special Collection. This material can be searched for using the library catalogue NUSearch.

Various incarnations of the university student magazine are housed in the University of Nottingham Special Collection. The Gong, produced and published by students, was variously known as the Magazine of the Nottingham University College, The Nottingham University College Chronicle, Nottingham University Arts Magazine and the Arts Magazine of Nottingham University. We have issues for the following years: 1895-1903, 1909, 1911-1976, 1994/95. The Gongster, was set up as a rival to The Gong and there is almost a complete run (with the occasional missing issue), from its inception in 1939 to its closure in 1978. The Gongster was superseded by a new student magazine, Bias, which ran from 1978-1984. The complete run of this magazine is held in the University of Nottingham Special Collection. The current student magazine, Impact, was established in 1985 and copies are held from 1985 to the present day.

There have been three student magazines for the Midland Agricultural College, now the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham: The Midland Agricultural and Dairy College Magazine, 1911-1926, The Kingstonian, 1927-1944, and Agrimag, 1947-. A complete run of these magazines is held in the University of Nottingham Special Collection.  

Papers of former staff and students

Papers of the Students' Union and various other student and staff societies are also held. They include minutes, correspondence, membership registers and photographs. The professional and personal papers of several former members of staff are also present in our collections, as well as lecture notes, personal papers and memorabilia relating to the time at Nottingham of former students. Many of these are classified as Personal papers rather than University archives.

The list below is not exhaustive but offers a guide to researchers who wish to look for material relating to staff and students beyond the official records of the College and University. There is a link by each item to its entry in the online catalogue

  • AB. Papers of Audrey Beecham, lecturer and warden of the University of Nottingham's Nightingale Hall (catalogue record)
  • BA. Papers of Maurice W. Barley, Professor of Archaeology, University of Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • BD. Papers of Richard Warwick Bond, Professor of English, University College, Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • BKT. Student theatre (University of Nottingham) and academic papers of Anthony John Burkett (1933-1997), Professor of German Politics at Loughborough University; 1955-1998 (catalogue record)
  • Btn. Papers of Edwin H. Barton, Professor of Physics, University College (catalogue record)
  • Da. Papers of Norman Davy, Reader in Physics, University of Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • Gr. Papers of Frank Granger, Professor of Classics and Philosophy, University College, Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 133. Papers and correspondence of Reginald M. Hewitt, Professor of English, University College (catalogue record)
  • MS 141. Collected literary manuscripts of Vivian de Sola Pinto, Professor of English at University of Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 148. Papers of Henry Swinnerton, Professor of Geology at University College, Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 300. Student note books and examination papers of Bernard Charles Lovatt (1911-1992), evening student at University College Nottingham; c1929-1935 (catalogue record)
  • MS 318. Student notebooks of Eric Thurman, a Pharmacy student at University College, Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 321. Records of Valerie Stevens relating to student theatre at the University of Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 378 Journal of a visit to Iceland by Alice Selby, lecturer in English at the University of Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 465. Papers of Francis Harrison, student of Physics at University College, Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 519. Personal and Genealogical papers relating to Dr Bertrand L. Hallward, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, and his family (catalogue record)
  • MS 567. Photographs and newspaper cuttings relating to Harry A. S. Wortley, Principal of University College, Nottingham, and his daughter Glenys Wortley (catalogue record)
  • MS 610. Notebooks and personal papers of Frank Berry, pharmacy student at University College, Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 627. Research papers of Dr David M. Smith (b 1936), geography student at the University of Nottingham, comprising photographs of industrial sites in the East Midlands, 1959-1962 (catalogue record)
  • MS 859. Papers of Alderman Edward Huntsman relating to University College Nottingham and the Corporation of  Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • MS 862. Papers relating to higher education, and Sir Ron Dearing (1930-2009) Chancellor of the University of Nottingham 1993-2001 (catalogue record)
  • MS 955. Personal papers of the Kuczma/O'Connor family of Bulwell, Nottingham; Irene Ivy O'Connor (b.1904) trained as a teacher at University College Nottingham 1922-1924 (catalogue record)
  • NUP. Photographs relating to the University of Nottingham and the earlier University College, Nottingham, donated by alumni, former staff and other individuals 1910-1996 (catalogue record)
  • PCF. Papers of Professor Christine Fell, Professor of Early English Studies at the University of Nottingham (catalogue record)
  • Pe. Papers of Robert Peers, Professor of Adult Education, University College, Nottingham (catalogue record)

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