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07 June 2017

Future of Heythrop Library

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Like Heythrop College’s former librarian, Michael Walsh (Letters, 27 May), I have a personal interest in knowing what will become of its archives.

All the main research documents about English Catholicism in the 1970s and 1980s, including interview and questionnaire data from studies funded by the Social Science Research Council, studies of delegates to the National Pastoral Congress, and the data from the first national survey of Roman Catholic Opinion in 1979, were archived at Heythrop. I also added other pastoral documents, including personal diaries from the life of a lay Catholic from the 1950s to today, aimed at reviewing the life of a Catholic layman over this period.

I have written at least twice to the librarian at Heythrop about the future of their archives but no definitive response has so far been forthcoming. Is it too much to ask the Jesuit authorities to clarify what will happen to their archives?


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