Welcome to the newly founded blog for the Digitisation of John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Archive.

John Henry Cardinal Newman’s enormous handwritten archive, kept at the Birmingham Oratory, will be captured by The Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (CHICC) at The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library.

CHICC will be using top of the range equipment, Phase One IQ180 cameras and custom built cradle and support systems to digitise the entire archive.

With CHICC, The National Institute for Newman Studies and Birmingham Oratory all working in collaboration to get the Archive online, it will prove to be an exciting process with all 3 institutions contributing to the blog.  Follow us, and keep up to date with all the latest news from the project.

2 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Congrats to all those involved – this is a mammoth project and I wish you all the best of luck. Please let me know If I can be of assistance in anyway.

    Recently – on behalf of Liverpool Hope University – I purchased a complete copy of the Newman microfilm collection from a firm, Data Repro Com LTD, in Toronto, Canada (If i am correct this firm currently houses the NINS Newman microfilm collection). The Newman microfilm collection is a fantastic resource and will be of huge benefit to Newman scholars working in England.

    Of course, this microfilm will become somewhat redundant once the digitalisation project is completed – but this, as we are aware, may take several years.

    I am particularly anxious that the digitisation project considers the imperative for the production of a comprehensive cataloging system. Such a catalogue is essential if the thousands of PDF files are to be made accessible to the academic community and Newman enthusiasts, in general.

    I would, therefore, advice that the project team remain loyal to the original ‘Bellasis cataolgue’ of 1920, with accompanying cupboard reference numbers (I discuss this topic in my article ‘ A history of John Henry Newman’s archival papers’, in the current volume of the Newman Studies Journal (Vol. 10, No. 1).

    Again, may I wish the team all the best over the coming years.

  2. Thank you for your kind remarks. This is, indeed, a mammoth project – and a labor of love! We are certainly maintaining details of the early catalog with each digitized item. Our goal is to develop a rich metadata scheme to enhance retrieval from every angle. We encourage remarks like this, especially in the early stages of the project, to help us be certain no stone is left unturned.

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