Papers of Harold Edward Beckett (c 1904-fl 1927), student of physics at UniversityCollege Nottingham, 1921-1927

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Correspondence to Harold Beckett from his tutors E.M. Barton and W.H. George. 1925-1927 (MS302/1);
  • Tutors' reports on Harold Beckett's student work written by his tutors E.M. Barton, H.T.H.Piaggio, J.W. Carr and F.S. Kipping. 1921-1923 (MS 302/2);
  • References for Harold Beckett written by his tutors E.M. Barton, H.T.H. Piaggio, P.E. Shaw andW.M. George. 1925-1927 (MS 302/3);
  • Report on research work for the year 1925-1926, hand-written by Harold Beckett and includinggraphs and photographs. 1926 (MS 302/4);
  • Printed list of students receiving external Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Londonin 1925 including the name of Harold Beckett. 1926 (MS 302/5);
  • Printed engraving of University College Nottingham, presumably once in the possession of HaroldBeckett. Undated (MS 302/6).

Administrative / Biographical History

Harold Edward Beckett was born in about 1904, the son of H.W. Beckett, and went to SouthwellMinster's Grammar School in Nottinghamshire. His family lived at Queen Street, Southwell in 1922.Harold passed his matriculation examination in 1920 and in September of the following year, hejoined the intermediate science course at University College Nottingham (now The University ofNottingham). On its completion, he remained at the college, embarking upon the University of Londonaccredited Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He graduated with first class honours in 1925. Nodetails of his subsequent career are known.


The collection has been divided by document type into six series. Within these series, items havebeen arranged chronologically where necessary.

Access Information

ACCESS: Pending full cataloguing, access is availableonly to registered readers with advance notice and agreement.


Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational access status and the conditionof the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The collection was given to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in January 2000.