Papers of Francis Harrison (fl 1895-1988), student of Physics at University CollegeNottingham and school teacher, 1900-1925

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection relates exclusively to the years spent by Francis Harrison (fl 1895-1988) as aphysics student at University College Nottingham, and contains information about the texts used byphysics students at this time. It includes the following principal series:

  • Student notebooks containing lecture notes and homework exercises. Titles include: 'Electrolysisnotes', 'Sound', 'Magnetism', 'Practical physics', and 'Light'. 1919-1922 (MS 465/1);
  • Student notes, lecture notes and homework exercises. 1919-1922 (MS 465/2);
  • Issues of University College Nottingham's student magazine, 'The Gong' 1919-1925 (MS 465/3);
  • Other printed items relating to Harrison's time at University College Nottingham (UCN)comprising: the 1921-22 issue of the Journal of the Physical and Chemical Society of UCN; 'SirAlfred Ewing', a 1946 biography by Professor Bates of UCN; a short printed biography of ProfessorBarton, Harrison's Physics teacher at UCN, 1925; and a reprint of an article by Professor Bartonrelating to the vibration of violins (MS 465/4);
  • Student notes, loose leaf, found amongst printed text-books owned by Francis Harrison.c.1919-1922 (MS 465/5);

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Arthur Harrison was born in about 1895 and was educated at Alderman Newton's School,Leicester, St. Paul's School, Cheltenham and Battersea Polytechnic, London. He served in Malta andFrance during the First World War and rose to the rank of sergeant before returning home with a handinjury. He was awarded a scholarship which enabled him to attend University College Nottingham (nowThe University of Nottingham) from 1919-1922. He sat the intermediate science course beforeprogressing to a Physics degree. While at Nottingham he was a keen soccer player and violinist.After college, he was appointed as a Physics master at Bablake School, Coventry where he taught for38 years until his retirement in 1960. He lived for many years at Knightcote, Warwickshire.


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

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on 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: 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 advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in May 1988.