Papers of the Women's Social Club of the University of Nottingham, 1932-1997

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Committee meeting minutes. 1949-1997 (UN UU 3/1);
  • Annual General Meeting minutes. 1966-1996 (UN UU 3/2);
  • Agenda papers. 1975-1995 (UN UU 3/3);
  • Annual financial statements and related financial papers. 1967-1997 (UN UU 3/4);
  • Lists of committee members. 1932-1974 (UN UU 3/5);
  • Account books. 1958-1992 (UN UU 3/6);
  • Newsletters. 1989-1997 (UN UU 3/7);
  • Treasurer's reports, secretary's reports, neighbourhood group reports, a copy of the clubconstitution, and a copy of children's Christmas party sub-committee guidelines. 1967-1988 (UN UU3/8);
  • Notices, circulars, and other printed items including 'Welcome to Nottingham', a guidedistributed to newcomers in the area. 1967-1995 (UN UU 3/9);
  • Correspondence. 1967-1991 (UN UU 3/10);
  • Group photograph of a visit to Leeds Ladies Social Club. 1989 (UN UU 3/11).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Women's Social Club was formed in 1932, primarily to create a social forum for wives ofacademic staff of University College Nottingham (now the University of Nottingham). As members livedin a wide area across Nottinghamshire, 'neighbourhood groups' were organised, from 1968, in areaswhere a number of members were resident. Each area had a representative who liaised with thesecretary of the club and was responsible for disseminating circulars, arranging events andsubmitting annual reports on activities. From the 1960s, the club became active in welcoming wivesof overseas staff and women members of university staff to Nottingham as well as organisingactivities such as coffee mornings, charity events, children's parties, day trips, and lists ofitems for sale.

The club thrived throughout the 1980s and a newsletter was launched. The number of day tripsorganised in each year also increased over the decade. By the end of the 1990s, however, the clubwas suffering falling numbers (and a rising average age) of members and discussions on its futuresustainability began to appear in minutes of the mid 1990s. The club was still in existence in1997.


The collection has been divided by document type into series. Within these series, items havebeen arranged chronologically. Extensive weeding of the collection has been undertaken with theremoval and disposal of lists of members' names and addresses, financial papers other than annualstatements, printed material produced by other organisations (usually tourism providers), andselected correspondence.

Access Information

ACCESS: Pending full cataloguing, access is limited andis only available to registered readers with advance notice and agreement.


Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in 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: 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 the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections on three separate occasions between 1982 and 1999.