Research papers of Sydney Race, local historian, 1802-1959

Scope and Content

The research papers and correspondence in this collection are divided into seven sectionsrelating to:

  • Lucy Hutchinson's memoirs of her husband, Col. John Hutchinson, 1906-1955 (MS 116/1-5).
  • Charles I and Nottingham, 1920-1957 (MS 116/6).
  • Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, 1922-1923 (MS 116/7).
  • James Collinson, artist, 1947-1959 (MS 116/8).
  • Richard Parkes Bonington, artist, 1929-1952 (MS 116/9).
  • John Chapman, physician and publisher, 1915-1953 (MS 116/10).
  • Miscellanea, 1802-1951 (MS 116/11).

In the course of his research, Sydney Race corresponded with a variety of people including thedescendants of Lucy Hutchinson and John Chapman. He also corresponded about Lucy Hutchinson with SirCharles Firth, Regius Professor of History at Oxford University, and the notebooks used by Firthwhen preparing his Life of Colonel Hutchinson (1906) are in this collection (MS 116/8-9).Another significant part of the collection are the papers concerning the discovery of missing pagesof Lucy Hutchinson's manuscript in 1922 and the background to the purchase of them by NottinghamCastle Museum (MS 116/1-5).

Administrative / Biographical History

Sydney Race was a local historian in Nottinghamshire. His work included research into LucyHutchinson (born 1620), the wife and biographer of Colonel John Hutchinson who was Governor ofNottingham Castle during the English civil war. He also studied the life and works of John Chapman(1822-1894) physician and publisher of the Westminster Reviewand the Nottinghamshireartists, Richard Parkes Bonington (1801-1828) and James Collinson (1825-1881). Race contributedarticles to local newspapers and to the Transactions of the Thoroton Societywhere hisarticle on Lucy Hutchinson was published in Vol. 18, 1914. Race died in 1960.


The collection has been divided into seven sections bringing records of like research subjectstogether with the exception of a final series (MS 116/11) containing miscellaneous items.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on the access status and condition of the documents.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must besought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections (email Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this is often difficult andthe responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the personwishing to publish.


Custodial History

The collection was given to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in 1960.


  • Sydney Race, Notes on the Boningtons (printed by Herbert Jones and Son Ltd;Nottingham, 1950), pamphlet
  • Sydney Race, Lucy Hutchinson in Transactions of the Thoroton Society (1914), Vol 18,pp 35-66


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