Series of prospectuses for De Montfort University and its predecessors the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art School, the Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology and the Leicester Polytechnic. While there are some gaps, most notably for the earliest years of the Leicester School of Art and in the 1940s, the series is almost complete and as such is an excellent record of the history of the University, including changes of institutional name, mergers and expansions. The information provided in each prospectus varies, but always includes information about courses of study offered by the institution. Other information which may be provided includes lists of staff and governors, timetables, general administrative information, background information about the institution, maps of the campus and buildings, photographs of the campus, classes and student activities, information about life at the institution and in Leicester, information on student welfare and factual profiles of the institution.
The prospectuses also present an overview of printing design and marketing techniques through the twentieth century. Some of the earlier prospectuses (1920s and 1930s) use student designed covers and maps, while others appear to have been bound in-house and feature attractive end-papers.