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The University of Nottingham's collections are very varied. Click on the links below to browse top-level descriptions of collections in the following categories:
Associations and societies
Includes the Historical Association, the Dishley Sheep Society of Leicestershire and the Cambridge Garrick Club.
Predominantly Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire focus, including lace-making, hosiery and textiles, engineering, collieries and farming.
Family and estate collections
Representing some of the most important Nottinghamshire landowning families, from the 12th to the 20th centuries
Genealogical and local history
Principally concerned with research into local communities and families
History of health and medical treatment, including Nottingham General Hospital and Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society
Libraries of other institutions
Three parish libraries from Oakham, Elston, and Coleorton, rich in early theological and related titles
Literary and cultural records
A wide range of materials, including the D.H. Lawrence collections and the Portland Literary Collection
Including the working papers of former University staff, correspondence, journals, household books and recipe books
Collections entirely or predominantly made up of photographs, and larger collections that include significant photographic content
Political and diplomatic papers
Papers created or collected by the landowning families of Nottinghamshire, plus many smaller manuscript collections.
Printed Book collections
Special printed book collections, including the East Midlands Collection and the Briggs Collection of Educational Literature.
Records of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham and various nonconformist churches in Nottinghamshire.
Rivers, drainage and water records
Records relating to the historic activities of the Trent River Authority and its predecessors in the Trent basin.
Scientific, research and educational collections
A wide variety of material, including ornithology, meteorology, radiofrequency spectroscopy and cotton research.
Trade Union and Trade Association records
Including records of the Amalgamated Society of Operative Lace Makers and Auxiliary Workers and other textile associations.
Historical records of The University of Nottingham and its predecessor, University College, Nottingham.
Some of our major collections
D.H. Lawrence Collection
University of Nottingham archive
Newcastle (Clumber) Collection
Portland (Welbeck) Collection
Water engineering records
Papers of Professor Sir Peter Mansfield relating to MRI
Florence Nightingale Collection (printed books)
Archive of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham