Issue book of a private lending library at North Muskham, Nottinghamshire,c.1876-1904

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one manuscript volume, an issue book which is apparently the onlysurviving record of a private lending library at North Muskham, Nottinghamshire. The volume containscolumns that record details of book issue. The title of the books in the library are given along thetop of the pages and the names of the borrower, the date of issue and date of return are given inthree columns. A newspaper article, from The Guardian Journal by H.J. Chilton in 1964, isincluded, and describes the discovery of the issue book in that year, and details of thelibrary.

Administrative / Biographical History

The small lending library of books at North Muskham, Nottinghamshire, was started in 1876 by theRev. J.W. Hall, vicar of the parish from 1855 to 1902. Originally it was started for childrenattending the Sunday School but in due course it was made available to all the residents of thevillage. It is likely that the library was kept in the Sunday School cupboard in the villageschoolroom where the Bible class was held on Sunday afternoons. Books in the library were presentedby the Hull family, the Rev. Fiennes Clinton, Rector of Cromwell, and Mr J Handley of North Muskham.The books ranged in subject matter from popular novels to Victorian morality tales. With the closureof the Bible class in 1937, the library ceased to function.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

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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 this can be difficult and the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.

Custodial History

In 1964, the issue book was discovered in a cupboard in North Muskham Primary School. It wastransferred to the University Library in 1983, when the Elston Parish Library joined theUniversity's Special Collections.