Papers of Dr Edith M. Becket (1877-1952), Department of Education, University College, Nottingham, 1922-1952

Scope and Content

The collection consists of research papers relating to various stages of Dr Becket's work on the history of education in Nottingham, and the history of University College Nottingham in particular. It reflects the work undertaken by Dr Beckett when asked by Principal Wortley to extend her history of the College to cover the period 1928-1949 and the institution's transition from the University College to The University of Nottingham in 1948. A small number of letters from colleagues are also present, referring in general to aspects of institutional history.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edith Becket (1877-1952) was one of the earliest students at University College, Nottingham, graduating in 1898. In 1900 she joined the staff of the Department of Education, where she remained until her retirement in 1947.

Dr Becket's principal academic interest was the history of education and in 1928 she published a history, The University College Nottingham. In 1936 she obtained her Ph D for her thesis on The History of Education and of Educational Institutions in Nottinghamshire excluding the City of Nottingham from 1800-1930.

The history of local education remained her abiding interest, and she continued to undertake research in this area until her death in 1952.


Material is arranged according to subject matter and then listed chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

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, 4 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 4 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 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 papers came to the University library in 1990 from the Department of Education.