The majority of the collection relates to the years which Neville Horton Smith spent as Professorof German at the University of Nottingham. They refer to academic contacts and research as well asto his work as an author and translator, and his activities as an expert on Hungarian and Germanlanguage and literature. The principal series in the collection are:
- Manuscript and typescript essays, articles, research notes and translations. 1946-1979 (MS409/1);
- Correspondence. 1946-1979 (MS 409/2);
- Personal items and printed ephemera; newspaper cuttings; poems and prose written by or referringto works by Audrey Beecham, Hilda Lewis and Ferdinand Freiligrath; an annotated printed copy of'Duineser Elegien' by Rainer Maria Rilke, and a few papers relating to the University of Nottinghamincluding Mountaineering Club and Students' Union membership cards. 1945-1979 (MS 409/3).