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Special Collections and Personal Papers

Personal Papers

The College holds around 60 personal paper collections, donated by people who worked, studied, or had other connections to the Colleges. They range from a couple of items representing student life at College, to many boxes reflecting schooling, university days, career, research papers and family life. A full list can be seen here, in alphabetical order by surname, with catalogue references shown in brackets.

Special Collections

These are usually donated to the College by people other than former students or staff, and often support curruculum strengths.  They include:

A.V. Coton (pen name of Edward Haddakin). 

Items collected during Haddakin's career as an eminent ballet and dance critic, 1936-1968. The collection was donated to the College by his wife. Link to Coton collection.

Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company (GS) 

Administrative, financial and production records, including photographs, posters and programmes, from a controversial and successful company, 1974-1995.

Half Moon Theatre Company (HMT)

Administrative, financial and production records, including material relating to the building of the new theatre, from one of the most influential left-wing London theatres (1972-1990).

Anselm Hughes (given name, Humphrey Vaughan)

Dom Anselm Hughes was a pioneering early scholar of liturgy, especially medieval liturgical music, and his large collection of books, music, and his own papers contains much of unique value to the study of early music and church history. The collection also includes a number of related items from Nashdom Abbey, that were acquired between Hughes's death in 1974 and Royal Holloway's acquisition of the collection ten years later. Many of the books are available in the Library, and can be found by searching the Library catalogue

RedShift Theatre Company (RSTC)

Administrative and financial papers, personal papers of the Company's director, Jonathan Holloway; production records, tour and venue information; audiovisual recordings of productions; promotional material; press-cuttings and reviews, and photographs 1982-2007.

Alfred Sherman

Advisor to Margaret Thatcher; papers relating in particular to his activities at the Centre for Policy Studies in the period from 1974 to 1983. Link to Sherman papers.

Roy Waters (RW) 

Teacher and school inspector, collector of theatrical ephemera. Items include playbills and posters, autograph letters, programmes, postcards, toy theatre sheets and artefacts.

To see more detailed descriptions of the catalogued collections, please enter the reference in brackets in the 'Ref' search box of our online catalogue, Calm, here. For collections not on Calm, there is usually a box list paper catalogue - please contact us to find out more.


Contact us

Archivist: Harriet Costelloe

College Archives and Special Collections
Davison Building
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX


Tel: +44 (0)1784 443814 (internal x3814)
Email: archives@royalholloway.ac.uk


Open by appointment only between the hours of 9.30-1 and 2-4.30 on Wednesday-Friday


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