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Special Collections

Ushaw College

Ushaw College in 1821

Very extensive collections, manuscript and printed, for recusant studies and the history of 18th-19th century Catholicism in England, especially in the North. Over 40,000 printed titles, the great majority pre-1851, including much rare pamphlet literature, 16th-19th century.

Ushaw's archives are extensive and include material relating to the English College at Douai, from which it descends. Other holdings include medieval book manuscripts, especially books of hours, Radcliffe (Earls of Derwentwater) papers and relics; Jacobite papers, mostly letters in English and French to Canon Walter Thomas Tyrell; Eyre papers, chiefly legal, throwing light on the operation of the penal laws, probably collected by Vincent Eyre, attorney and land agent for the Duke of Norfolk; letters and papers of leading 19th century Roman Catholics, especially John Lingard and Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman; papers collected by the Revd. Thomas Eyre for a continuation, never carried out, of Dodd's history, and illustrating the history of English Catholicism, 17th-19th century; archives of the English College at Lisbon, 1628-1971, including correspondence of Bishop Richard Russell (1630-93), who was confessor of Queen Catherine of Braganza and worked for some years in the Portuguese diplomatic service; and the papers of two Anglo-Portugese families, Jorge and Donovan, concerning trade between the two countries in the earlier 19th century.

Online cataloguing of the collections is in progress: see below for links to search this material.

Access to Ushaw College Library collections

For enquiries about the collections, please email Appointments should be made, at least a week beforehand, in order to consult material in Ushaw College Library.

Printed books are currently being catalogued and can be found using Durham University Library catalogue. To refine this search to only view Ushaw books it is possible to do a shelfmark search

Currently catalogued archive collections in Ushaw College Library can be searched below

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