Document ReferenceEMSC
TitleEast Midlands Special Collection (printed books)
Date1637 - present
ExtentOver 10,000 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistoryThe East Midlands Special Collection comprises the older and rarer part of the East Midlands Collection. Like that collection, it contains books, pamphlets, periodicals and other materials on the historic counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.
Custodial HistoryThe collection originated with and has been developed by the University of Nottingham.
DescriptionAlthough the Collection is commonly thought of as dealing with local history, many subjects are represented, including the natural sciences, architecture and buildings, archaeology, literature, economic activity and social issues. There are inevitably overlaps with other parts of the Library's general holdings. The Collection aims to support relevant subjects in the University's research and teaching programmes, and supports and complements the very rich local materials in the Department's manuscript collections.

A special section within the Collection is devoted to the University, including official and unofficial publications, about 200 periodicals, and ephemera issued by student groups since 1979. This collection is kept in a closed-access store. Only duplicate material is available in the East Midlands Collection on the open shelves in the Reading Room.

MgtGroupGenealogical and local history
Printed Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged by its own East Midlands Collection classification scheme.
TermHistory - England - East Midlands
Geography - England - East Midlands
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term EMSC (the code for East Midlands Special Collection) into the main search box and select to search within the Library Catalogue only.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionVaries, some fragile bindings
Related MaterialThe East Midlands Collection (EMC) is an open-access, borrowable collection which holds all the more recent material on the same subject matter.
Related RecordEMC
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