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Document ReferenceUMP
TitlePhotographs relating to the University of Nottingham and its predecessor University College, Nottingham, collected by various departments and staff at the University
Date1877-2021
AbstractPhotographs which have been created by individuals or departments within the University of Nottingham as part of their activities.
LevelFonds
Access ConditionsThe bulk of the collection is accessible to all readers. A small number of items can be accessed in digital format only. Pending full cataloguing, access is limited to some parts of the collection and is possible only by advance notice and agreement.
Admin HistoryUniversity College, Nottingham opened in Shakespeare Street in Nottingham in 1881. In the 1920s most of the University College transferred to the new University Building (Trent Building) on the Highfields estate donated by Jesse Boot. After several attempts over the years, Nottingham acquired full University status in 1948. Further lands and buildings were gradually acquired to extend the University Park Campus. In 1946 the Midland School of Agriculture became the School of Agriculture of University College, Nottingham and subsequently the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The first intake of the University Medical School was in 1970 with the formal opening of the Queen’s Medical Centre taking place in July 1976. In the 1990s the University began developing the site formerly occupied by Raleigh works and Jubilee Campus was formally opened in December 1999. The King’s Meadow Campus, formerly the home of Carlton Television Studios, was acquired by the University in 2004. In 2005 the University opened two new campuses, one in Malaysia and one in China. It had been operating in Kuala Lumpur since 2001, but the opening of these two campuses led to the University’s status as a global University.

Academic departments, administrative units, halls of residence, and clubs and societies of the University of Nottingham have collected photographs recording their activities. Some images were taken by commercial photographers or newspapers, and some by the University's own photographic unit.
Custodial HistoryThe photographs were transferred from administrative and academic departments of the University to Manuscripts and Special Collections at various times from 1967 onwards. The collection is constantly being added to as more photographs are transferred.
DescriptionThe earliest photograph in this collection is a photographic copy print of a newspaper engraving showing the laying of the foundation stone of University College Nottingham in 1877.

The photographs cover a wide range of subjects, although some areas of the University are more represented than others. There are many photographs of buildings, particularly photographs from the 1950s and 1960s relating to the development of University Park, and also photographs of the more recent Jubilee Campus. The series of photograph albums record many significant events in the University’s history including the opening of the University College buildings and the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1928, and the visits of Queen Elizabeth II to the Queen’s Medical Centre and Jubilee Campus in 1977 and 1999. There are many images of staff and students at the University, from academic staff at the end of the 19th Century and students at the former Midland Agricultural and Dairy College at Sutton Bonington, through to student sports teams in the 21st Century. The photographs illustrate the history and development of the University and the many activities undertaken by the people connected with it.

Thee is considerable overlap between the different sections. Photographs of buildings, for example, are present in several sections, and not just the section relating to Estates (UMP/3). Further phtographs relating to the University and the former University College, Nottingham, are also to be found in other collections including amongst the University records, collections relating to alumni and the photographic collections donated by non-members of the University (NUP). Several University images can be viewed on the Manuscripts and Special Collections Digital Gallery.
MgtGroupUniversity archives
Photographs
ArrangementThe photographs have been arranged into groups according to the departments or organisations which created or collected them. There is some overlap of subject content between these different groups. As more material is transferred, it is added to the end of each relevant group.

The collection is currently divided into the following groups:

Photographs collected by the central administrative and professional service sections of the University of Nottingham (UMP/1)
Photograph albums from the University of Nottingham and its predecessor University College, Nottingham (UMP/2)
Photographs collected by the Estate Office, University of Nottingham, or relating to buildings and grounds at the University (UMP/3)
Photographs collected by student halls of residence at the University of Nottingham (UMP/4)
Photographs from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Nottingham (formerly the Midland Agricultural and Dairy College), at Sutton Bonington (UMP/5)
Photographs of Library sites, staff and resources at the University of Nottingham; 1960s-2003 (UMP/6)
Photographic negatives, transparencies and prints created by photographic units at The University of Nottingham (UMP/7)
Photographs collected by the Information Office, Public Affairs Office, Communications and Marketing sections of The University of Nottingham or which were used in general University publications (UMP/8)
Photographs collected by the Alumni Office, and also the Development and Campaign Offices at The University of Nottingham (UMP/9)
Photographs collected by academic departments and individual members of staff at The University of Nottingham (UMP/10)
Photographs collected during projects relating to the history of the University of Nottingham including publications, and in response to collecting appeals (UMP/11)
Photographs of Student Societies at the University of Nottingham (UMP/12)
Photographs relating to Sport and Sports Teams at The University of Nottingham (UMP/13)
Photographs relating to the University of Nottingham in Malaysia and China (UMP/14)
Photographs collected by the Students Union of the University of Nottingham (UMP/15)
LanguageEnglish
TermUniversities and colleges - England - Nottingham
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialThis collection of photographs is just one part of a larger set of records relating to the University of Nottingham. The University of Nottingham archive has been divided into separate collections as follows (please note that collections marked with an asterisk * are still being catalogued):

UAC: Records of Midland Agricultural College, pre-1948
UCN: Records of University College Nottingham, pre-1948
UA: Records of The University of Nottingham: Academic Faculties, Departments and Research Institutes *
UF: Records of The University of Nottingham: Estate and Resource Management, including Libraries *
UG: Records of The University of Nottingham: Governance *
UL: Records of The University of Nottingham: Student and Staff Life *
UP: Records of The University of Nottingham: External Relations *
US: Records of The University of Nottingham: Strategy, Vice-Chancellor's Office and Registrar's Department papers *
UU: Records of The University of Nottingham: Student, Staff and Alumni Societies *
UMP: Photographs from the University of Nottingham and its predecessor University College, Nottingham *
NUP: Photographs relating to the University of Nottingham and the earlier University College, Nottingham, donated by alumni, former staff and other individuals
UONC: The University of Nottingham Collection, printed and published material about the University of Nottingham and its predecessor University College, Nottingham

Search for the reference number on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue to retrieve records from any other catalogued University collection.
Publication NoteMany photographs have been published on the Manuscripts and Special Collections Digital Gallery, which is accessed through the Library's NUsearch page, https://nusearch.nottingham.ac.uk/primo-explore/collectionDiscovery?vid=44NOTUK

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Persons
CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA105University of Nottingham
NA328University College Nottingham
Places
CodeSet
PL1/Nottingham/Nottinghamshire/England
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