Literary and Personal Archives

Subject areas covered by the manuscript collections include: local history and the records of churches; the training and work of ministers, including sermons; notes of lecturers given in nonconformist academies; and matters of doctrine and liturgy. Evidence for the lives and opinions of those involved include diaries, commonplace books and correspondence. The bulk of manuscripts come from Joshua Wilson and consist not only of his collections of historical material, but also his voluminous correspondence on matters of contemporary concern, from the 1820s to the 1870s. The detailed MS lists of the archives are being transferred to our online catalogue. See the Print A-Z (collections) for a full list at Collection level.

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