Records of the William Carey (Baptist) Society of the University of Nottingham, 1951-1978

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

Minute books. 1951-1978 (UU 11/1);

Constitutional papers. 1963-1976 (UU 11/2);

Term programmes. 1978-1979 (UU 11/3);

Correspondence. 1977-1980 (UU 11/4).

Administrative / Biographical History

The William Carey (Baptist) Society was formed in 1951 to give spiritual and social fellowship to all Baptists at the university. It also aimed to forge links between the university and other local Baptist churches. Activities offered by the Society included monthly meetings where prominent local Baptists spoke, weekly prayer meetings, Sunday afternoon study groups, summer rambles and Sunday evening social events. Information about the Society appeared in the Students' Union handbook.

The Society, along with other similar groups, such as the Anglican Society, was represented by the Christian Association which promoted study, mission and corporate prayer within the university. The William Carey Society was also affiliated to the Baptist Students' Federation.

From the beginning of the 1979/1980 academic year, the Society merged with the United Reformed Church Society to form the United Reformed Baptist Society. The merger was caused partly by the absence of a full-time chaplain on campus which resulted in students leading the society. This was made difficult by a fall in the number of members, and the commitment of existing members to other groups, such as the Christian Union.


The collection has been divided by document type into series. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Access restricted pending full listing and processing; prospective researchers should contact the Department for advice concerning available series.

Acquisition Information

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in August 1981.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Related Material

Records of the United Reformed Church Society of the University of Nottingham, 1961-1981 (UN UU 12)