St. Chad's College MSS

Scope and Content

The manuscripts comprise two medieval manuscripts (a 13th-century antiphoner and a 15th-century book of hours), a fragment of a 16th-century musical manuscript, and a 19th-century Turkish calligraphic manuscript.

Administrative / Biographical History

St. Chad's College, Durham was founded in 1904. The college founders were deeply influenced by the ideals of the Oxford Movement, and their purpose was to set up a university college where men of sometimes very restricted financial means could be trained for the Anglican priesthood and also read for a degree in the University of Durham. St Chad's became a fully constituent college of the university in 1919. The college's catholic tradition is strongly reflected in the manuscripts and early printed books given to its library by various benefactors, particularly in the emphasis on liturgy and ritual.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by St. Chad's College


Part of : St Chad's College Deposit

Other Finding Aids

The medieval manuscripts are described in N.R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries , II, (Oxford, 1977) 512-3, and, more fully, in the Draft Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts in the University Library, available in the search room.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

The manuscripts form part of the deposit in the University Library of early books from St. Chad's College Library. This deposit of printed books comprises all the college's pre-1701 books, including 10 incunables, 34 sixteenth-century and 84 seventeenth-century books, and a few volumes of later date.