This collection contains a diversity of material relating to Leslie Weatherhead as a popular and controversial author, preacher, lecturer and counsellor who was a pioneer in relating psychology, religion and healing in the 20th century. The collection includes his personal diary in two volumes up to 1927 (closed until 2030); his scrapbook albums, 1927-1969, being a chronological record of his life and work; presscuttings of newspaper articles written by him, 1934-1954; albums of cuttings and printed materials relating to his tours of Australia in 1951 and America in 1954; presscutting volumes containing reviews of his publications; sermon cards, texts and copies of his sermons, including manuscripts of the first two he delivered as a teenage Methodist local preacher in 1911; sound recordings of some of his sermons; copies of his articles and lectures; a series of his notebooks; research materials for his sermons; and notes for his biographer. The collection also contains letters and copies of letters to and from Weatherhead with a range of individuals including ministerial colleagues, friends, people who had cause to be grateful for his ministry.
In addition the Leslie Weatherhead Collection includes an almost complete set of Weatherhead's publications and a set of City Temple Tidings , later retitled City Temple Church Magazine ,1939-1983. This is the monthly magazine of the Congregational church where Weatherhead was minister and is a rich source for his sermons which are printed in full together with his "Minister's Letter" and other articles. Edited transcripts of interviews, conducted with people who knew Weatherhead, have also been added to the collection. The primary purpose of these interviews was to ascertain views of him as an evangelist.