Research Papers of Arthur T. Metcalfe, geologist, 1867-1938

Scope and Content

The papers contain very little biographical information, being concerned almost entirely with Metcalfe's geological research. There are many photographs of geological sites including ancient volcanoes in Derbyshire, the Giant's Causeway in Ireland, and sites on the west coast of Scotland.

Metcalfe's notebooks (1867-1926) contain catalogues of geological specimens, and research notes. There are a number of printed maps from the mid-nineteenth century covering South Devon and parts of Scotland and the North West of England. Further printed matter includes off-prints from geological journals from the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth century.

The only correspondence in the collection relates to Metcalfe's appointment as Senior Fellow of the Geological Society.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Metcalfe was born in Retford, Nottinghamshire in 1857. He began studying geology as a schoolboy and became a pioneering figure in local geology. He was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society, London at the age of 23 and later became President of the Nottingham Naturalists' Society. His work received its greatest recognition when he was made a Senior Fellow of the Geological Society in 1938.


Material is divided according to form (photographs, correspondence etc.) and then ordered chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 23 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 23 pp

Conditions Governing Use

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LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The papers passed into the care of Professor H. H. Swinnerton of University College, Nottingham, and were given to the University Library with the latter's own professional papers.