Papers of Norman Davy (1893-1973), Reader in Physics, University of Nottingham

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of the Departmental and experimental papers of Dr Davy, including course and lecture notes. There is also a bundle of correspondence, c.1930-1962, and a few University publications inluding Students Union handbooks, class registers and notices of Adult Education courses. A sizable series of offprints of journal articles (some by Davy) make up the rest of the collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Norman Davy was a member of the Physics Department of Nottingham University from January 1920 until his retirement in August 1961. He carried out several research projects on the character of magnetic fields, which had important applications in the design of apparatus for the study of properties of fundamental particles. He was awarded a D.Sc for his work, in 1947. In the same year he was appointed Reader in Physics, a post which he held until his retirement.


Material is arranged in sections according to form (e.g. correspondence, note books) and chronologically within sections.

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, 28 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 28 pp

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COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The papers were presented to the the Library in January 1970.