Academic works of Ernest Weekley (1865-1954), Professor of Modern Languages, University College, Nottingham

Scope and Content

This is an artificial gathering composed of a series of books which Weekley owned, being largely editions of his own works used for making notes for future new editions. There are also a number of incidental, associated items relating to Weekley's work.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ernest Weekley became Professor of Modern Languages at the New University College of Nottingham in 1898 and remained in post until 1938. He had a reputation both as an inspiring teacher and as philologist. Weekley published widely in the area of etymology of English words, and won a popular as well as a specialist audience for his works, which went through many editions. His wife, Frieda (ne von Richthofen), subsequently married D.H. Lawrence who had been one of his pupils.


Works arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 3 pp
  • On the World Wide Web: Browse the catalogue in HTML .

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 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 has two distinct elements. The volumes were acquired by the University of Nottingham Library in 1955; other papers associated with his work have been passed to the Libary at various times from a variety of sources.

Related Material

  • Weekley family papers in the Lawrence Collection (GB 159 La We).