Document ReferenceMS 881
TitlePapers relating to William (Billie) Wright, (1905-1927), student at University College Nottingham, 1921-1924
Extent1 box
Abstractcertificates, photographs, letters of condolence, genealogical material
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryWilliam (Billie) Wright attended University College from 1921-1924 as a mining student. He died suddenly in 1927 and much of the material relates to his premature death.
Custodial HistoryThe items were acquired in November 2010
DescriptionThe collection includes primary and secondary source material regarding the life and death of William 'Billie' Wright who was a former student at the University College, Nottingham, receiving a Diploma in Mining in 1924. Much of the material focuses on the premature death of Billie in 1927 from a peritonitis following a burst peptic ulcer, and the effect this had on the local community. There are over a hundred letters of condolence sent to his parents Mr and Mrs Wright from all different levels of society; from the local landowner, Lord Galway, to mining families within the community; and there are photographs of the graveyard in which he was buried and the floral wreaths that were placed at his grave.

Items include certificates and diplomas; UCN receipts for first term; photographs including Union Executive (which Billie was on) and Rugby team; last letter to his mother and father; death certificate and papers re burial fees; letters of condolence from various, including from Lord Galway and the Barber family. Also includes a disc containing electronic copies of much of the collection
MgtGroupUniversity archives
Personal papers
MgtSubGroupUniversity related
ArrangementPrior to being donated to the archive some of the material had been organised in a folder which included a disc of digital copies of much of the information. Alongside the primary source material of photographs of Billie Wright, official certificates and diplomas that detailed part of his education, and the letters of condolences and personal correspondences, is a contemporarily written biography, copies of the death certificate and a print-out of the Wikipedia entry on Ilkeston Grammar School which was the school that Billie attended. The materials were mixed together to form a chronological re-telling of Billie's life.
TermCollege students - England - Nottingham - 20th century
University College Nottingham - Studies
Family - England
FindingAidsCopyright in all finding aids belongs to The University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 29 pp Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA80344Wright; William (Billie) (1905-1927); Mr; mining student at University College Nottingham, 1921-19241905-1927
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