Students Lecture Notes Collection

Scope and Content

The Students Lecture Notes collection is artificial collection comprising lecture notebooks of former students of the University of Manchester and UMIST.

The notebooks record lectures in a number of subject areas including chemistry, engineering, history medicine, law, physics, English, etc.

The lecture notebooks vary in content, detail and completeness, according to the compiler and the subject area. Some provide an almost verbatim account of lectures, others are more cursory.

The collection includes some lecture notes of non-degree students of the Manchester Municipal School of Technology, which became Manchester College of Science and Technology in 1956, and UMIST in 1965.

The lecture notebooks have been assembled to provide background information on modes of student learning, and methods of teaching and knowledge transfer. In some cases, they may provide additional information on the lecturer delivering the lectures. Typically, these are areas where documentation of activity can be difficult, and lecture notes provide one means of understanding how subjects were taught at the University.

Administrative / Biographical History

See the scope and content notes.


The notebooks are arranged by creator:

  • SLN/1 George Hankinson
  • SLN/2 Frank Waugh Chadderton
  • SLN/3 James Partington
  • SLN/4 Charles Horrex
  • SLN/5 Harry Clough
  • SLN/6 Harold Jackson
  • SLN/7 James Kent
  • SLN/8 Barbara Ross
  • SLN/9 George Ashley
  • SLN/10 S M Neale
  • SLN/11 [?] Garnett
  • SLN/12 Kenneth Hilton
  • SLN/13 Frank Law
  • SLN/14 Arthur Slater
  • SLN/15 Antoni Korris
  • SLN/16 G W Harris
  • SLN/17 Dennis Walsh
  • SLN/18 William Wardhaugh Burnett
  • SLN/19 Margaret Redford Ellis

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

The Horrex notebooks were formerly part of the Norman Burkhardt papers, donated to the Library in the 1990s. The Partington notebooks were transferred to the Library in 1965, following the acquisition of Partington's library by the University of Manchester Library. The Barbara Price notebooks were donated by Barbara Price (Mrs Ross) in 2003. The Jackson notebooks were donated to the Library by members of the Jackson family in 2009 and 2010. The Clough and Chadderton notebooks were transferred to the Archives from Division of Development and Alumni Relations in 2012. The Hankinson Notebooks were acquired by the University of Manchester Library at an unknown date. James Kent's notebooks were donated by his son in 2010. The Slater and Korris notebooks were donated in 2014. The Ashley notebook was transferred from the Museum of Medicine and Health in 2016. The Hilton notebooks were donated in 2017, the Frank Law notebooks and Dennis Walsh notebooks were both donated in 2018, the Margaret Redford Ellis notebooks were donated in 2019 and .

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


The collection will be added to as appropriate. The focus will be on documenting subjects not currently represented in the collection.

Related Material

Official information on curricula, course syllabi and in some cases lecture timetables can be found in the relevant prospectuses for the subject area, or else in the annual University calendar.

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