University of East Anglia Library, Archives and Special Collections

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The UEA Library lies at the heart of our campus which is set in 300 acres of rolling parkland just two miles from Norwich. The Library is a listed grade II building, designed by Denys Lasdun. The Archives and Special Collections reading area was refurbished in 2005 and is situated on floor 02 of the Library.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Please refer to the Library's webpage for opening hours. Archives and Special Collections are open 09.30-12.30 & 13:30-16:30 Mon-Fri by appointment.

Please refer to the Library's webpage for details of closed periods.

Admission charges

Charges apply to reproduction copies only.

Apart from a core collection of University documents for public reference, the Archives holds the following collections: The Pritchard Papers and Isokon Trust (architecture, art and design of the 1930s); (Holloway Collection (printed ephemera on culture, 1960-2000); Zuckerman Archive (World War 2 operations and post-war science policy); Kenney Papers (suffragettes); G.S. Callendar and Hubert H. Lamb (climate change and meteorology); Tinkler and Williams' Theatre Collection (Norfolk theatre); Peterborough Literary Society; 'Theatre Quarterly' Archive (editorial archive of a theatre journal); John Hill Archive (Conservative MP and landowner); Everest Collection (Joan Everest, relative of the surveyor after whom the mountain is named, a photographic record of 20th century travel).

The British Archive for Contemporary Writing includes: UEA MA course in Creative Writing; UEA Literary Festival; Literary Translation Archive; letters of the author J.D. Salinger; Robert Edric Archive (crime writer); Alan Hunter (crime writer); Charles Pick Archive (publishing); A.P. Watt Archive (literary agency); Roger Deakin Archive (nature writer, wild swimmer and environmentalist); Doris Lessing Archive (including colonial life in Rhodesia in the 1940s); Lorna Sage Archive (creative writing and the teaching of literature); Malcolm Bradbury Archive (academic, writer and founder of UEA's MA Creative Writing programme); W.G. Sebald Audio-visual Archive (nature writer); Anthony Grey Archive (novelist, journalist and hostage of the Chinese Revolution); Snoo Wilson Archive (playwright); and smaller deposits of manuscripts from the following novelists: Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw and Amit Chaudhuri.

Special Collections contain almost 9,000 titles, being mostly rare or valuable monographs and pamphlets in all subject areas. All items are described within the main library catalogue.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Performing Arts, Natural Sciences, Literature, Inland Waterways, Design, Archives, Architecture, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Solly Zuckerman
  • Operations research
  • World War 1939-1945
  • Science and state
  • Endocrinology
  • John Craven Pritchard
  • Refugees in World War 1939-1945
  • Lawn Road Flats
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Furniture design
  • Modernism
  • Suffragettes
  • Anne Kenney
  • Theatre
  • Climate change
  • Guy Stewart Callendar
  • Meteorology
  • Creative writing
  • Journalism
  • China - Politics and government
  • Hostages
  • Chinese Cultural Revolution
  • Anthony Grey
  • Contemporary culture
  • John Edward Bernard Hill
  • Farming in Suffolk
  • Agriculture
  • Conservative Party
  • Politics in Great Britain
  • European Parliament
  • Mount Everest
  • Joan Everest
  • Mountaineering
  • Roger Deakin
  • Doris Lessing
  • Hubert H. Lamb
  • Lorna Sage
  • J.D. Salinger
  • Charles Pick
  • Authors and publishing
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Heinemann (Firm)
  • Pan Books (Firm)
  • Octopus Books Limited
  • Michael Joseph Ltd

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