Papers of John William Adams, student at University College, Nottingham; late 19th century-1990

Scope and Content

The collection contains:

Large exercise book, one half relating to Stratigraphy, other half relating to Geology. Includes notes and accompanying sketches; n.d. [1916] (MS 890/1)

Exercise book on Physics; n.d. [1916] (MS 890/2)

Exercise book on Zoology with many sketches of animals and plants; 1916 (MS 890/3)

Exercise book on Palaentology with many sketches of fossils; n.d. [1916] (MS 890/4)

Examination certificate of John William Adams for intermediate examination as an external student in Faculty of Science, University of London; 18 Oct. 1916 (MS 890/5)

Photograph of male seated on chair, possibly John William Adams; n.d. [early 20th century] (MS890/6)

Photograph of couple, possible parents of John William Adams [Ruth and William Adams]; n.d. [late 19th century] (MS 890/7)

Photograph of couple, possibly John William Adams and his wife Gertrude; n.d. [early 20th century] (MS 890/8)

Death certificate of John William Adams; 25 Sep. 1974 (MS 890/9)

Brief family tree drawn by the donor noting illnesses in family; 1990 (MS 890/10)

Administrative / Biographical History

John William Adams was one of six children born to Ruth and William Adams, growing up in Charnwood Avenue, New Sawley [Derbyshire], from where he latterly commuted to University College by bicycle. After leaving University College, and having no ambition to follow his father into the lace trade, he underwent teacher training under Samuel Clegg, and took up his first post at the village primary school in Draycott [Derbyshire] before marrying Gertrude Kitching in 1920. Then in 1928, he and his family moved from Breaston [Derbyshire] to Castle Donington where he retired late in 1958. His final move to Chilwell followed after the death of his wife in February 1961.


The items have been grouped and arranged in chronological order.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Custodial History

The papers were acquired by The University of Nottingham in 2006.