Volume of autograph letters, 1831-1950

Scope and Content

The bulk of the letters in the volume date from 1876 to 1944, and were sent to a variety of people, the majority of whom, from the early 20th century onwards, appear to have been connected with University College, Nottingham, later the University of Nottingham. However, the letters appear to have been acquired as examples of autographs of distinguished people, rather than for the contents of the correspondence.

Among the recipients of more than one letter in the collection are:

R. Warwick Bond, Chair of English at University College, Nottingham (1857-1943)

Blanche Cromartie

G. Ellis Flack, Librarian at Nottingham University (1893-1978)

Professor Reginald M. Hewitt (1887-1948), Professor of English, University College, Nottingham

Josephine Knowles, playwright

Professor Janko Lavrin (1887-1986), Professor of Slavonic Languages at The University of Nottingham

Professor Henry Piaggio (1884-1967), Professor of Mathematics at University College Nottingham

Humbert Wolfe (1886-1940), writer and civil servant.

The letters are written by a variety of people including writers and aristocrats. Some of the most famous correspondents represented in the collection are Samuel Butler, Walter de la Mare, J.E. Denison, Sir Edward Elgar, Coventry Patmore, William Michael Rossetti, George Bernard Shaw, Edith and Sacheverell Sitwell, Alfred Tennyson, Ellen Carew [Ellen Terry] and Evelyn Waugh. The volume also includes two autograph poems, 'Bongwi, the Baboon', and 'Theology', by Roy Campbell.

The subject matter is miscellaneous, but primarily of a semi-official nature, concerning meetings, publications and lectures.

Some of the letters are now represented only by photocopies.

Administrative / Biographical History

It is not known who compiled this volume of miscellaneous autograph letters dated 1831-1950. It must have been created between 1950, the date of the last letter in the collection, and 1967, when it was acquired by Manuscripts and Special Collections.


Letters have been taped into a sprung loose-leaf binder folder in alphabetical order of the writer's surname. Indexes to writers and recipients can be found at the front of the volume. During cataloguing it was discovered that some of the index entries were incorrect.

Access Information

Accessible to all registered readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript catalogue, 20 pp.

Online: Catalogue available through website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

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 writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Custodial History

The volume was transferred from Nottingham University Library to the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in 1967.