Papers of Frank Granger (1864-1936), Professor of Classics and Philosophy, University College, Nottingham

Scope and Content

The collection encompasses aspects of Professor Granger's personal, academic and official life. It contains correspondence with family members and colleagues; papers relating to his career and published works; antiquarian papers; and records of his involvement in developments and activities of University College Nottingham. The latter series includes illustrations of the opening of new buildings in 1928 and of a visit by princes of Hyderabad in 1931, as well as letters about arrangements for Albert Einstein's visit in 1930. Granger's interest in the Nottingham miller and mathematician George Green is reflected in several historical items.

An uncatalogued accrual of several items has been transferred to the Department of Manuscripts since completion of the catalogue.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frank Stephen Granger (1864-1936) was born in Nottingham. From 1882 until 1885 he was employed in the office of architect E.W. Godwin (F.S.A) in London, and in 1886 became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, taking his Master of Arts degree at London University in the same year. In 1887 he was appointed lecturer in Latin, Greek and Philosophy at Nottingham University College and, after receiving the degree of Doctor of Literature at London in 1892, became Professor of Classics and Philosophy in 1893. He resigned the chair of Classics in 1935 but continued to lecture in philosophy. From 1914 until his retirement in 1935 he was Vice-Principal of the University. It was in this capacity that he played host to Albert Einstein during the latter's visit to Nottingham in June 1930.

Granger's varied interests are reflected in his published works, which include The Psychological Basis of Fine Art (1887); Vitruvius (1931-34); The Legal Status of Labour in the New Testament (1933); and, Longinus: a Treatise on the Sublime (1935).


The collection is divided into five sections concerning different subjects or document types and arranged chronologically within these sections. They comprise: Correspondence; Scrap books; Papers relating to Nottingham University; visit of Albert Einstein; George Green.

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, 13 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 13 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.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

Most of the papers were given to the University of Nottingham by Granger's son Paul Granger, at that time one of the University's Pro-Chancellors. Several items, including the letter of Oscar Wilde (Gr C 41), were subsequently transferred from other parts of the Library to join the Collection.