Papers of Dr S.A. Swann, lecturer in electrical and electronic engineering at theUniversity of Nottingham, 1931-1967

Scope and Content

The collection contains papers from Swann's period of employment in industry as well as from hislater academic career. It has been divided into the following principal series:

  • Papers accumulated by Swann during his employment at the Brush Electrical Engineering CompanyLimited. They include a file of data forms concerning DC Motors or Dynamos together with printeddiagrams, articles and research papers. 1931-1944 (SSW 1);
  • Papers compiled by Swann during his employment at the University of Nottingham. They includeresearch notes and papers; manuscript lecture notes; occasional correspondence; and printed articlesand diagrams. Also present is a typescript article by Swann entitled: 'Features relative to themechanical design and construction of commutators.' 1944-1967 (SSW 2).

Administrative / Biographical History

S.A. Swann joined the staff of University College Nottingham (now the University of Nottingham)in 1944. He had previously been employed on electrical and mechanical design by the Brush ElectricalEngineering Company of Loughborough. He had many years of experience in teaching students at eveningclasses and on full degree and diploma courses in his particular subjects. He continued his ownresearch and subsequently, in 1956, was awarded the degree of M.Sc., followed by the degree of 1959. He was particularly interested in problems of power transmission and the control ofelectric discharge lamps, and published numerous articles in these and allied fields. Dr Swannretired from the University of Nottingham's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in1967.


The collection comprises a series of case files, arranged into two sections.

Access Information

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


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COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advancein writing from the Keeper of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 inOctober 1987.