Student notebooks of Eric Thurman, a pharmacy student at University College Nottingham,1928-1929

Scope and Content

The collection comprises two student notebooks with hardcovers and handwriting in ink. The largerof the two (MS 318/1), headed 'Dispensing Notebook', begins with a page of instructions on how towrap, label and finish prescriptions of medicine for patients. The rest of the volume containsingredients and methods for preparing various, seemingly unnamed, medicines.

The smaller volume (MS 318/2) is in two parts. The section headed 'Practical Pharmacy', isdivided between exercise questions on the left hand pages with corresponding answers, comprisingingredients and methods, on the right hand side. The 'Forensic Pharmacy' section comprises studentnotes, probably taken down during a lecture.

Dated signatures in pencil appear regularly amongst entries in these volumes and these seem to bethe names of fellow students, such as Geoffrey E. Trease and A.D. Bentham. This possibly refers to asystem enabling the verification of student work. The notebooks cover the period from October 1928to June 1929.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Addison Thurman was born c.1908, the son of John Addison Thurman, a builder. Eric studiedPharmacy at University College Nottingham (now The University of Nottingham) and passed thepreliminary scientific examination in 1928. His record in the student register for 1928-29 showsthat he entered the College in 1926 having previously studied at Ilkeston Secondary School inDerbyshire. He lived with his parents at 105 Nottingham Road, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

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

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Custodial History

The notebooks were given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in January 2001.