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TitlePapers of Frank Granger (1864-1936), Professor of Classics and Philosophy, University College, Nottingham
Extent4 boxes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; correspondence, scrap books (antiquarian newsprint cuttings), printed volumes, photographs.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryFrank Stephen Granger (1864-1936) was born in Nottingham. From 1882 until 1885 he was employed in the office of architect E.W. Godwin (F.S.A) in London, and in 1886 became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, taking his Master of Arts degree at London University in the same year. In 1887 he was appointed lecturer in Latin, Greek and Philosophy at Nottingham University College and, after receiving the degree of Doctor of Literature at London in 1892, became Professor of Classics and Philosophy in 1893. He resigned the chair of Classics in 1935 but continued to lecture in philosophy. From 1914 until his retirement in 1935 he was Vice-Principal of the University. It was in this capacity that he played host to Albert Einstein during the latter's visit to Nottingham in June 1930.

Granger's varied interests are reflected in his published works, which include 'The Psychological Basis of Fine Art' (1887); 'Vitruvius' (1931-34); 'The Legal Status of Labour in the New Testament (1933); and, 'Longinus: a Treatise on the Sublime' (1935).
Custodial HistoryMost of the papers were given to the University of Nottingham by Granger's son Paul Granger, at that time one of the University's Pro-Chancellors. Several items, including the letter of Oscar Wilde (Gr C 41), were subsequently transferred from other parts of the Library to join the Collection.
DescriptionThe collection encompasses aspects of Professor Granger's personal, academic and official life. It contains correspondence with family members and colleagues; papers relating to his career and published works; antiquarian papers; and records of his involvement in developments and activities of University College Nottingham. The latter series includes illustrations of the opening of new buildings in 1928 and of a visit by princes of Hyderabad in 1931, as well as letters about arrangements for Albert Einstein's visit in 1930. Granger's interest in the Nottingham miller and mathematician George Green is reflected in several historical items.

An uncatalogued accrual of several items has been transferred to the Department of Manuscripts since completion of the catalogue.
MgtGroupPersonal papers
MgtSubGroupUniversity member
ArrangementThe collection is divided into five sections concerning different subjects or document types and arranged chronologically within these sections. They comprise: Correspondence; Scrap books; Papers relating to Nottingham University; visit of Albert Einstein; George Green.
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 13 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 13 pp Online: Catalogue available on the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA327Granger; Frank S. (1864-1936); Professor; Professor of Philosophy University College Nottingham1864-1936
NA328University College Nottingham
NA329Einstein; Albert (1879-1955); Professor; scientist1879-1955
NA325Green; George (1793-1841); miller and mathematician1793-1841
NA327Granger; Frank S. (1864-1936); Professor; Professor of Philosophy University College Nottingham1864-1936
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