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No. 5, The College (Special Collections)
5 The College

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Website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc

Durham University holds a wide variety of literary papers in their Special Collections, a number of which are related to the North East, detailed below. Access is to staff, students and day visitors. Please see website for further details about access and a full list of the literary archives.

Keith Armstrong Collection
The Collection contains much of Armstrong’s work, such as volumes of poetry, anthologies, magazine articles and interviews plus posters, programmes, recordings and reviews.

Basil Bunting Poetry Archive
An extensive collection of published works by and relating to Basil Bunting, manuscripts and papers, photographs, cinefilms and sound recordings. Also drafts by a number of other poets (D.G. Bridson, Robert Allison Evans, Lorine Niedecker and Louis Zukovsky), sent to Bunting for comment

Colpitts Poetry Reading Archive
Colpitts Poetry, established in 1975 brought a wide variety of contemporary British, Irish and American poets to Durham to read. The archive contains files of correspondence, accounts, committee minutes, programmes, posters and other publicity and a large collection of photographs of the readings.

Harold Heslop Papers
The collection mainly consists of Heslop’s unpublished works and some correspondence from the 1920s, notably from Zinaida Vengerova-Minskaia, who translated Goaf into Russian, and a few letters and press cuttings of reviews about Heslop’s novels. The letters from Bob Ellis form the largest group.

Henry Library Manuscripts
Five manuscript commonplace books, in the hand of Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton (1540-1614)