Photographs and personalia of Fred Oakley (1892-fl 1922), former student of UniversityCollege Nottingham, 1912-1959

Scope and Content

Examples of student clothing are present in the collection. These include black hoods with brownseams, which were part of the formal dress for college students c.1921 (MS 520/1), together withUniversity College Nottingham hockey and cricket club caps, identified as representing 'UCNCC 1920','UCNCC 1921', and 'UCNHC 1919-1920', 1919-1921 (MS 520/2).

Colour and black and white slides of archaeological sites are present. These appear to recordactivities in which Oakley participated, c. 1950-1970s, but the sites are not identified (MS520/3).

A number of black and white photographs illustrate University College Nottingham staff andstudents. Only the 1912-1913 first eleven football team is identified. The remaining subjects appearto be college staff and students. Other items show people gathering hay, a man in clerical garb, anda woman in medical attire, c.1912-1921 (MS 520/4).

Administrative / Biographical History

Fred Oakley was born on 26 August 1892 and educated at Queen Elizabeth School, Mansfield between1906 and 1912. He passed the Cambridge senior local matriculation examination in 1911 and enteredUniversity College Nottingham in 1912 to undertake an intermediate arts teacher training course. Thecollege archive report on his school practice (Reference: UE 1/6) states that he was 'a smart, wellspoken teacher' who could be 'highly recommended'. Oakley qualified as a teacher in 1914.

Oakley returned to University College in 1919 to study for a history degree. He joined thecommittee of the Students' Union in 1920 and became president a year later. He was joined at collegeby his sister Ruth (born c.1900) in 1922, and brother John Brailsford (born c.1908) in 1923. FredOakley's career after he left the college in 1922 is not recorded here.


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

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Separated Material

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Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in October 1989.