Gradwell Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The Gradwell collection contains material covering the following subjects: theology, philosophy, church, secular and local history, ecclesiastical history, art, architecture, sociology, education and works of general reference. The Gradwell has a substantial quantity of primary recusant material from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; this includes devotional works, sermons, tracts, pamphlets, biblical studies and more. Donations and subscriptions aside, the book collection has not been added to since 1975 when the College ceased to operate as a seminary, however, the journal and periodical collection which is mainly theological, has been kept up-to-date. The collection is particularly strong in Catholic studies with standard works of Catholic reference and extensive runs of Catholic periodicals and journals of use to all levels of research.

The collection houses a section devoted to the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), who was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010 and soon to be canonised before too long. The Newman section contains a generous corpus of Newman's own published works (including first editions) and books on or related to Newman. This scholarly resource is complemented by the availability of a recently updated extensive collection of Newman related publications from the main Sheppard-Worlock Library collection. The collection also includes, preserved on microfilm, the diaries, letters and miscellaneous documents from the Cardinal Newman archive held at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, in Birmingham. Also in the Gradwell Collection is a significant collection of St. Thomas Aquinas material.

Conditions Governing Access

Please consult the Visitors 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 Special Collections. 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.

Acquisition Information

The Gradwell Collection was entrusted to Liverpool Hope University in December 1999 by the Archdiocese of Liverpool after the closure of St. Joseph's College, Upholland in 1975.

Other Finding Aids

The collection can be found on the Library Catalogue.

Also available is the Gradwell Classification Scheme.

The Gradwell Collection is not yet fully catalogued.

Archivist's Note

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

Conditions Governing Use

The collections are reference only and must be consulted in the Reading Room with the supervision of the Special Collections Librarian and the Reading Room requirements adhered to. Instructions in collection care and handling rare books will be provided. Photocopying is at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian, however, rare books and manuscripts are not permitted to be photocopied.

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