Pusey House

Pusey House was founded in 1884 as a monument to the life and work of Dr Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), Regius Professor of Hebrew, Canon of Christ Church, and figurehead of the Oxford Movement. The House is an independent institution which supports the work of the University of Oxford by providing a chaplaincy together with a theology library of some 75,000 printed books, and 12 miles of archives.

The records of Pusey House itself include:

  • Governors' and Chapter minutes
  • Term Cards
  • Architectural plans for Pusey House made by Temple Moore Architects

The House also actively collects archival material on the Tractarians, the Oxford Movement and Anglo-Catholicism from external sources, and our subject-based collections have been recognised as being of national importance by The National Archives. Our most important holdings are the papers of EB Pusey and his family, and the transcripts of these and of dispersed papers used by HP Liddon in writing Pusey’s biography. Other collections include records of Anglo-Catholic societies and monastic orders; letters and papers of notable Anglicans; and a major collection of theological and ecclesiastical pamphlets from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Highlights from our archives include papers of:

  • EB Pusey
  • HP Liddon, Pusey’s biographer, and co-founder of Pusey House
  • SL Ollard, ecclesiastical historian
  • The Society of the Holy and Undivided Trinity and Mother Marion Hughes (the first woman to take religious vows in the Church of England since the Reformation)
  • Legal committee records of the English Church Union
  • A. R. Mowbray and Sons Ltd, religious publisher
  • The Confraternity of Unity (including the papers of Canon Donald Rea and papers relating to Holy Cross Convent, Haywards Heath)
  • The Society of the Holy Cross (SSC)

Librarian and Archivist: Jessica Woodward

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9.30-5.25, by appointment only

E-mail: pusey.librarian@stx.ox.ac.uk

Web: http://www.puseyhouse.org.uk/library.html

Further Reading:

The Collections

Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Papers of British churchmen, 1780-1940, (London, 1987)

Pusey House, Pusey House, Oxford: a guide to the library and archives, (Oxford, 1987)

Fr Hugh SSF, Nineteenth century pamphlets at Pusey House: an introduction for the prospective user, (London, 1961)

The House

Frs Barry Orford & William Davage, Piety and learning: the Principals of Pusey House 1884-2002, (Oxford, 2002)

HP Liddon, Dr. Pusey and the Pusey House: a sermon (Oxford, 1974 reprint)

Pusey House What is Pusey House? (Oxford, 1960)

EB Pusey

Rowan Strong & Carol Engelhardt Herringer (eds.), Edward Bouverie Pusey and the Oxford Movement, (London, 2012)

HP Liddon, Life of Edward Bouverie Pusey : doctor of divinity, canon of Christ Church, regius professor of Hebrew in the University of Oxford, (London, 1893-7)