Research Libraries and Archives

The University houses several notable and diverse collections that encompass numerous subjects of education; literature; performance; history and theology.  It is also the home of The Anita White Foundation: International Women and Sport Archive. These collections are complemented by materials, which document the history and development of the University from 1839 to the present day. Significant biographical collections incorporate artists from the twentieth Century namely; the illustrator and author Gladys Peto; ceramist Eric Melon; artists such as Gillian and Clarence Whaite.

Many of the theological texts belonged to the former Chichester Theological College, along with Professor James Dunn and the Bishop Kemp.  These specialist collections cover doctrinal theology of the 19th and 20th century; the life of Saint Paul; and ministerial theology respectively.  The Gerard Young Collection relates to West Sussex with specific reference to the history of Bognor Regis and its immediate area. The John Fines collection holds published works by this academic local historian. Relating to literature and performance, the Sean McCarthy Collection traces the development of the theatre and music hall, whilst the Ted Walker archives include documents relating to this local author, poet and playwright.

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Further information is available at help.chi.ac.uk/special-collections-and-archives. For bookings and enquiries please e-mail: help@chi.ac.uk, or telephone via the main reception (Support and Information Zone) on 01243 816222.