Papers relating to People's College, Nottingham, 1854-1878

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence and other manuscript items relating to People's College,Nottingham. They include the following: a letter from M[atthew] Arnold to the Rev. B. Carpenterdeclining an offer to examine schools for the College, 6 May 1954; minutes of directors of theCollege, 14 January 1878; petition to the directors of the College by James Bucknall, John Goodsonand Robert Tompkin to complain that the College was at risk of catering for the middle rather thanthe working class, undated, c. 1878; and letters between Michael Boork, the University ofNottingham's Special Collections librarian and the Department of Education and Science concerningthe possible identification of 'M. Arnold' as Matthew Arnold, 18 February-5 March 1973.

Administrative / Biographical History

People's College, Nottingham was established in about 1846 to provide an economical and seculareducation for the children of working-class families in the city.


The items are listed in chronological order.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on 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 TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in1973.