Personal Papers of Cardinal John Henry Newman on microfilm

Scope and Content

The contents of the microfilm reels reproduce a major portion of the Newman manuscripts preserved at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, in Birmingham, England. The Oratory collection is divided into two parts: the Miscellaneous Papers, which are preserved in the room in which Newman lived; and the Letters, which are preserved in the Archivium. These two collections have been listed separately, and a means of referring to the original documents has been provided by giving the cupboard number (e.g. A 1.1) of the Papers and the title of the volume (e.g. "Personal Collection Acton") of the Letters. It should be said, by way of warning, that there are actually a good many letters in the collection known as Miscellaneous Papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010 and will surely be canonised before too long. Newman stands as a Victorian giant in the field of theology, philosophy and education. Influencing many academic and spiritual disciplines, Newman's writings and his lifelong search for religious truth continue to inspire scholars throughout the world. Liverpool Hope University aims to enhance and extend the reach of John Henry Newman's life and spirituality with the development of the John Henry Newman Studies Project , an international forum for research and academic study of the meaning of Newman's thought and work.

Access Information

Please consult the Visiting the Library webpage containing access information for external visitors. The archives and special collections are available for consultation by special appointment only. To arrange an appointment please email . Allow at least 24 hours' notice. Please note that, in line with other archives and special collections, we require personal identification, and may, in some circumstances, ask you to provide references from your research supervisor or other suitable person or body.

The collections are reference only and must be consulted in the Reading Room with the supervision of the Special Collections Librarian.

Acquisition Information

Liverpool Hope University purchased a complete set of the John Henry Newman personal papers on microfilm from the University of Notre Dame Libraries, Indiana in 2013.

Other Finding Aids

A list of contents (Excel spreadsheet) is available to download from the Archives & Special Collections Finding Aids webpage.

Archivist's Note

Created by Karen Backhouse (Special Collections Librarian, The Sheppard-Worlock Library) Liverpool Hope University, July 2014.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic images can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition and size of the original documents, as long as it complies with copyright law and Data Protection legislation.

To reproduce an image for publication, either for personal or commercial purposes, requires written consent from the rights holder. For further information and contact details please consult the Access the Collections webpages.