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Nottinghamshire Archives is currently temporarily closed to the public.

Our enquiry service is still available to answer your questions and copies of many documents can be made.

Our research service can also carry out searches in the archives and provide information for you.

The Archives will be re-opening in Spring 2015.

Collections and catalogues

Raleigh bicycle poster, 1950s [DD/RN/4/18/74]

Nottinghamshire Archives holds more than 4 million documents.

Documents are grouped together according to the person or organisation that created them. A group of documents is called a collection.

So that depositors, archives staff and researchers know what is held at the Archives, we compile lists or catalogues of the documents in each collection.

Summary guide to archive holdings

Each collection of documents held at Nottinghamshire Archives is grouped together into one of 20 archive groups.

Title:Reference:Coverage:
Tithe awardsAT1836 - c 1850
Southwell Diocesan recordsDRfrom 1884 (some earlier)
Southwell Chapter recordsSC12th century - 19th century
Semi-official recordsSO16th century - 20th century
School recordsS19th century - 20th century (some earlier)
Probate recordsP16th century - 20th century
Prints and illustrationsX/PR17th century - 20th century
Parish recordsPR16th century - 20th century
Parish Council recordsPaCfrom 1894
Ordnance Survey mapsOSc 1830 - c 1940
Nottinghamshire County Council recordsCC1889 - 1974
Nottingham City Council recordsCA12th century - 20th century
Non-conformist recordsNC17th century - 20th century
Maps and plansVarious16th century - 20th century
Enclosure awardsEA18th century - 19th century
District and Borough Council recordsDC1894 - 1974 (some earlier)
Deposited documentsDD, M12th century - 20th century
Court recordsC15th century - 20th century

Catalogues

New additions

Nottinghamshire Archives regularly receives new acquisitions of material throughout the year.

Online catalogue

A selection of our catalogues can now be searched online. To find out more and to start searching visit the Nottinghamshire Archives Worldwide website: nawcat.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/.

Only a small selection of our holdings are listed on the site. Find out which records are currently available in the online cataloguePlease note: no images of records appear in the catalogue.

If you find a description in which you are interested, you can access the record in the following ways:

A number of our catalogues are also available on the Access to Archives website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a. These catalogues are not yet available on the Nottinghamshire Archives Worldwide catalogue. If you find a description on the Access to Archives web site, you can access the record in the ways described above.

Lists of our catalogued collections are available in our public search room. 

Copies of the catalogues are held in the National Register of Archives, and these can be consulted at The National Archives. For further information, visit The National Archives website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/visit

The titles of the catalogues in the National Register of Archives are available online, where they have been indexed by personal, place and business or organisation names.

For further information visit the National Register website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra.

Some detailed catalogues are available in full on the Access to Archives (A2A) website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a.

Finding aids

Finding aids are available for different types of records. These provide overviews of what we hold for a particular type of document.

Reference library

The Reference library contains a wide range of printed books and other publications about Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

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