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UCN - Records of University College Nottingham; 1875-c.1950
Papers relating to the governance of University College Nottingham; 1887-1955
Records of the College Committee, College Council, Court of Governors, Board of Professors and Senate of University College Nottingham.
The University College of Nottingham was established by the Nottingham Corporation in 1881. New buildings were erected in Shakespeare Street to house the College together with the town's free library and museum.
From its inception the College was governed by the Nottingham Corporation. A management committee was established which was made up almost wholly of town councillors and those people nominated by the council. The College was managed jointly with the town's free library and as such the committee's minutes contain material relating to both institutions. The incorporation of the College in 1903 resulted in the establishment of a new governing body, the College Council. A Court of Governors was also created. Although in theory these new bodies were supposed to make the College more independent in practice very little change occured, with the overlap between the Corporation and the College's Court of Governors and College Council being almost complete.
Academic staff had little influence in the governance of the College. A Board of Professors was established in 1887 to oversee the educational work of the College. This Board was subordinate to the College's management committee. Following the College's incorporation in 1903 the Board of Professors was disbanded and replaced with a Senate. Again this body was subordinate to the Nottingham Corporation (in the guise of the College Council).
Foundation and Constitutional documents. (UCN/G/1).
University College and Free Library Committee Minutes. (UCN/G/2).
University College Nottingham Minutes. (UCN/G/3).
Court, Council, and Committee Minutes. (UCN/G/4).
Court Correspondence. (UCN/G/5).
Senate Minutes and Papers. (UCN/G/6).
Board of Professors. (UCN/G/7).
Faculty Board Minutes. (UCN/G/8).
Miscellaneous Committee Minutes. (UCN/G/9).
College Arms. (UCN/G/10).
Visitors Book. (UCN/G/11).
Common Seal. (UCN/G/12).
University College to 1948
The records have been arranged by type and then chronologically.
This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.
Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections
Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
A.C. Wood, 'A history of the University College Nottingham 1881-1948' (Oxford: Blackwell, 1953)
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