Personal papers of Catherine Boyd Drake (1880-c.1967), ne Rooston, 1880-1967

Scope and Content

The collection includes personal papers, photographs and memorabilia of Catherine Drake, but isprimarily of interest within the university collections because of the relevance to her period ofstudy at University College, when its creator, as Catherine Rooston, undertook teacher training atthe Day Training College. Whether she continued to a career in teaching is not recorded. Theprincipal sections in the archive are:

  • Scrapbook album containing poems, messages, drawings and printed and photographic images,compiled mainly during Catherine Drake's period of study at Nottingham Day Training College andcontributed to by more than thirty people. 1898-1914 (MS 349/1);
  • Personal papers of Catherine Drake comprising her Birth certificate, marriage gift card, marriagecertificate, copy of will, and a list of certificates issued by Nottingham Day Training College in1902. 1880-1967 (MS 349/2/1-4);
  • Photographs including a wedding photograph of William and Catherine Drake (1917), a Roostonfamily portrait outside their home in West Bridgeford (c. 1902), University College Nottinghamfootball and cricket teams (1923-1925), and a concert party (1924) c.1900-c.1910 (MS 349/3/1-8).

Administrative / Biographical History

Catherine Boyd Drake was born in Belfast in 1880. She was the daughter of Joseph Robinson Roostonand Margaret Haithwaite Rooston (ne Boyd). She had two sisters, Minnie Haithwaite and Margaret.Catherine studied to become a teacher at Nottingham Day Training College (now the University ofNottingham) between 1900 and 1902. At the time of her training, her address was Hollywood, RadcliffeRoad, West Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire. Catherine married William Drake, an engineer's surveyor fromSheffield in 1917 when she was living in Castle Boulevard, Nottingham. Her will is dated 27September 1967 and her niece, Marjorie Allen, is the only individual named as a beneficiary.


The collection has been divided by document type into series.

Access Information

ACCESS: Pending full cataloguing access is limited andis possible only for registered users by advance notice and agreement.

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin 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 was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts inNovember 1983.

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