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As a new university, Sussex in the 1960s was keen to establish its library as a repository for papers of national as well as local cultural significance. The Library at the time had still to establish a coherent collections policy and an element of serendipity sometimes governed the selections. Many of the collections acquired in the 1960s and 70s reflect the enthusiasms of the Arts faculty at that time, and there is often a literary or a local bent to the holdings which were accepted. A range of disciplines are, however, represented across the remaining collections, including music, theology, journalism and science.


The Kenneth Allsop Archive: papers of author, journalist and broadcaster Kenneth Allsop (1920-73)

The William Bartlett Archive: papers of socialist William Bartlett, active in the 1880s and 1890s

The Chavez Manuscript: page of autograph notes from musical score of ‘Initium’, orchestral work by Latin American 20th-century composer

The Noel Coward Gift: set of published works by playwright and songwriter Noel Coward [DATES]

The Richard Gregory Archive: papers of Sir Richard Gregory (1864-1952), author of many books on scientific subjects

The Paul Homan Papers: papers of economist Paul Thomas Homan (1893–1969)

The Benn Wolfe Levy Archive: archive of playwright, theatre director and Labour Member of Parliament Benn Wolfe Levy (1900–74) which reflects his involvement with justice for the theatre and concern with civil rights

The Colin Leys Papers: papers relating to politics and local administration in Uganda in the years 1962–66, generated as research for an essay by Professor Colin Leys

The MacKenzie Manuscript: manuscript edition of a biography of Dickens

The Mediterranean Diary: anonymous and enigmatic travel journal, 1880-1

The Morley Letters: letters from assistant editor of Dickens’s journal Household Words to one of its contributors, Henry Morley covering the period 1844-68

The Humphrey Pledge Archive: substantial notes relating to a wide-ranging project of science author and librarian Humphrey Pledge (1903-60)

The Maurice Reckitt Archive: papers relating to the life and work of Tractarian and socialist Maurice Reckitt (1884-1980)

The Thomas Rees Papers: some official papers of Major-General Thomas Wynford Rees (1898–1959), CB, CIE, DSO, MC, DL, late Indian Army

The Mark Rutherford Letters: over 40 letters from novelist William Hale White (1831–1913) (aka Mark Rutherford), to poet Erica Storr, an admirer

The Edith Sitwell Letters: 116 manuscript letters written between 1930 and 1962 from poet Edith Sitwell to friend Choura Tchelitchew, sister of artist Pavel Tchelitchew. The letters are in French.

The Lawrence Dudley Stamp Archive: papers relating to Sir Lawrence Dudley Stamp (1898–1966), specialist in geology and geography and director of the Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain (1936-44)

The James Stevenson Papers:
papers of James Stevenson, Baron Stevenson of Holmbury (1873–1926) who worked for Lloyd George and Winston Churchill and managed the staging of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924

The Sussex Poets Collection: notes and articles relating to three minor eighteenth-century Sussex poets: William Hayley (1745–1820), James Hurdis (1763–1801) and Charlotte Smith (1749–1806)

The Vizetelly Archive: two-box archive containing a range of primary and secondary material related to the Vizetelly family of publishers

The War-time Social Survey Papers: papers from 1940-1 of the War-time Social Survey, a body set up to investigate questions of sociological importance and whose methodology and findings paralleled the work of Mass-Observation

The World Parliament Association Archive:
official files of federalist pressure groups the Parliamentary Group for World Government and the World Association of Parliamentarians for World Government

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