Subject Strength: Literature

19th Century Collection

Broad in subject, including works by R. Browning, A. Tennyson, and C. Dickens. Features first editions of Lewis Carroll's last novel for children, Sylvia and Bruno.

19th Century Novels

Largely works of more obscure writers, such as Rosa Carey and Alexander Grant. Features lesser-known works by famous authors, such as Benjamin Disraeli's Sybil.

Alderson (Brian) Collection

Children's book collection donated by Brian Alderson, respected author, editor, translator and curator of children's books.

Alvi (Moniza) Archive

Poet Moniza Alvi’s notebooks of poetical drafts, manuscript drafts, annotated typescripts, research, and correspondence - both personal and professional.

Arts Council Poetry Collection

Poetry books from the Arts Council England.

Bainbrigg Library/Appleby Grammar School Collection

Historical portion of the Library of Appleby Grammar School in Cumbria. Mostly classical, theological, literary and historical works dating back to the 15th century.

Bennet (Peter) Archive

Consists of the working papers and correspondence of the poet Peter Bennet.

Bloodaxe Books Archive

Original typescripts, editorial work, correspondence and examples of marketing, business and financial records dating from the 1970’s to the present day.

Bloodaxe Books Collection

Books published by Bloodaxe Books including poetry, prose, translations and critical work. 

Booktrust Collection

Children’s book collection including new titles, reprints, existing books in new formats and books in translation.

Bradshaw Collection

Notable for its English Revolution tracts, some illustrated, describing local events such as A Terrible and bloudy fight at Tinmouth Castle on Fryday last ... (1648).

Bradshaw-Bewick Collection

Works by and relating to engraver Thomas Bewick (1753-1828). Includes material on the natural world, popular fables and small moral instruction books.

Burman-Alnwick Collection

Chiefly a local history collection, containing books, pamphlets, broadsides and other material printed in Alnwick 1700-1917, such as The Alnwick Mercury.

Burnett (Mark) Collection

Children's literature collection of books and annuals published in the early to mid-20th century. Includes Timothy's Quest (1900) and Girl's Fun Annual (1952).

Butler (Joan) Collection

Children's literature collection including 18th century pamphlets, books by the likes of Daniel Defoe and J.M. Barrie and titles illustrated by Randolph Caldecott.

Chaplin (Michael) Archive

Papers of local writer Michael Chaplin, son of Sid Chaplin. Includes draft manuscripts, publicity material, correspondence and personal items.

Chaplin (Sid) Archive

Papers of local writer Sid Chaplin covering 1930-1990. Highlights include typescripts for 4 full-length novels, as well as for his first publication The Leaping Lad.

Chorley (Sarah) Collection

Children's literature chiefly from the 19th century. Includes Kate Greenaway's Almanack for 1884, R.M. Ballantyne's The Coral Island and the work of Randolph Caldecott.

Clarke (Edwin) Local Collection

Local history collection, featuring documents such as 19th century poll books, which is strong in the literature of the region too with titles like T. Wilson's The Pitman's Pay.

Common (Jack) Archive

The papers of Jack Common (1900-1968) are a rich resource for those interested in the history of this talented Tyneside-born writer.

Cookson (Catherine) Archive

Donated by Dame Catherine Cookson (1906-1998), collection includes the manuscripts, an interview and examples of the dictaphone tapes she used to create her books.

Cookson (Catherine) Collection

Donated by Dame Catherine Cookson (1906-1998), collection contains most of her published works. Although some are English titles, most are translations.

Flambard Press Archive

Archive of a North East-based independent press which published a range of poetry and fiction, as well as some non-fiction and visual-art books.

Flambard Press Collection

Books published by Flambard Press including poetry and prose.

Friends Collection

Rare books such as Robert Boyle's Tracts (1874) various pamphlets by Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, Newcastle songsters and other local material.

Gibson (George) Archive

Predominantly a literary archive including poems, with some material which may be considered pertinent to the history of education in the form of a ciphering book.

Heversham Grammar School Collection

Largely editions of classical and theological works, around half printed before 1700. Includes authors George Farquhar and John Dryden alongside Tacitus and Seneca.

IRON Press Archive

IRON Press is a North East-based independent press which publishes poetry, fiction and drama from the region and elsewhere, with a particular focus on publishing new authors.

IRON Press Collection

Books published by independent publisher IRON Press based in Cullercoats.

Kepier Grammar School Collection

Consists mainly of 17th and 18th century works on classics and theology from the library of Kepier Grammar School, some bearing the bookplate of Thomas Griffith.

MacSweeney (Barry) Archive

Personal papers, including manuscripts, correspondence and photographs, of local poet Barry MacSweeney, who was an important figure in the Modern Poetry Revival.

Makaris Collection

Editions of the Makaris poetry broadsheet as published by Durham University Literary Society between 1965 and 1971.

Mapanje (Jack) Archive

The personal papers of the Malawian writer and poet, Jack Mapanje.

Meade (L.T.) Collection

Around 180 books by L.T.Meade which were published between 1878 and 2003. Titles include: The Autocrat Of The Nursery, Kitty O'Donovan and The Scamp Family.

Morden Tower Prints

Limited edition prints of posters relating to poetry readings at Morden Tower, Newcastle.

O'Brien (Sean) Archive

Personal archive of poet Sean O'Brien

Robinson (Marjorie and Philip) Collection

Comprises incunabula, medieval manuscripts and books dating from the 14th - 19th century. Includes early editions of works by Dante, and is a good resource for travel literature.

Sharp (Thomas) Archive

A notable archive relating to Thomas Sharp (1901-1978), a major figure in town planning, documenting the issues underpinning the planning commission process at the time.

Tonks (Rosemary) Archive

Digital copies of the personal diaries of the poet Rosemary Tonks.

Ure (Peter) Collection

An Anglo-Irish literature collection with a particular emphasis on the work of W.B. Yeats. Includes titles published by Yeats' Cuala Press, established in 1904.

White (Robert) Archive

The Robert White Papers contain assorted manuscripts and printed ephemera, as well as White's correspondence.

White (Robert) Collection

A rich source of literature as well as being strong in ecclesiastical and local history such as James Raine's writings on local history and antiquities.

Whyte (Frederic) Archive

The literary archive of Frederic Whyte (1867-1941) with articles and draft translations, which also includes a large amount of professional correspondence.