Document ReferenceMS 148
TitlePapers of Henry Swinnerton (1875-1966), Professor of Geology at University College Nottingham, 1902-1954
Extent8 files and 1 volume
AbstractThe collection contains administrative and related papers of Professor Swinnerton (1875-1966) which include details about the teaching of geology at University College Nottingham.
Access ConditionsThe bulk of the collection is accessible to all readers. However, access to some items is restricted under current Data Protection legislation. Please see our Access Policy or contact us for further advice.
Admin HistoryHenry Hurd Swinnerton initially trained as a zoologist at the Royal College of Science in London but entered the service of University College Nottingham in 1902 as natural science demonstrator at the age of 27. He was appointed Professor of Geology in 1910 and headed up a newly combined Department of Geology and Geography. Separate departments of Geography and Geology were established in 1933-34 and, although he had passed the age of retirement, he continued as head of the department during the Second World War. In addition, he undertook the work of chairman of the Joint Recruiting Board and for these services was awarded the CBE.

Professor Swinnerton retired from the Chair of Geography in 1946 and was appointed part-time curator of the University Museum from that date until April 1956. He left Nottingham in 1960 to live in London. In 1961 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by The University of Nottingham, the first member of staff to receive such a distinction. He developed an interest in archaeology, particularly of the Lincolnshire coast. His particular strengths lay in palaeontology and in contributions to the study of geomorphology. Emeritus Professor Henry Hurd Swinnerton, DSc, CBE died on 6th November 1966 at the age of 91.

Obituary notices can be found in the University of Nottingham Gazette (No.57, p 1236, January 1967), The Mercian Geologist (Vol. 2, No 1, University of Nottingham 1967), and The East Midlands Geographer (Vol. 4, Pt 3, June 1967, p 202).
Custodial HistoryThe bulk of the collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in December 1962.
DescriptionThe collection consists of a small number of academic papers of Professor Swinnerton together with incomplete records from various administrative series from his academic department. It is not a comprehensive archive but provides some coverage for an area and period in the University's teaching history which is otherwise little known. The papers for instance demonstrate the scheduling and popularity of geology at University College Nottingham between the wars.
MgtGroupPersonal papers
MgtSubGroupUniversity member
ArrangementThe collection has been divided into series by document type. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically.
TermCoal mines and mining - England - Basford
Geology teachers - England - Nottingham
Historical geology - Great Britain
FindingAidsCopyright in all finding aids belongs to The University of Nottingham. Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialThe University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: papers of geologist and archaeology teacher, Felix Oswald, undated. (MS 165)
Lincolnshire Archives ref: Misc Don 182 - Notes and papers relating to Hogsthorpe.
Related RecordMS165

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA562Swinnerton; Henry Hurd (1875-1966); Professor; lecturer and geologist1875-1966
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