CHK serves as the institutional home for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' archival collections, and is committed to preserving, expanding and ulitising these resources in collaborative and interdisiciplinary research.
Kingston University is the most significant centre of excellence in the world for expertise and primary resource material on the life and work of the twentieth-century novelist and moral philosopher Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). The University holds extensive archives of her publications, her private libraries, over 2,000 of her letters and other smaller related archives and materials. Current Murdoch scholarship is exploring the ways in which the continuing enlargement of Murdoch's personal archives is rewriting the story of her life, illuminating the way literary texts are constructed and giving unparalleled insight into the peculiar fusion between a writer's life and her art. Now that scholarship can engage with the conditions of the production of Murdoch's 26 novels and her body of moral philosophy, the results are not only expanding and redefining critical readings of her fiction and philosophy, but also posing challenging and difficult questions for future Murdoch scholarship.
Sheridan Morley's collection of books as removed from his home, running into many thousands of volumes. Covers extensively the subjects of theatre, film and biography, amongst others. Some of the books are signed by the authors, or contain personal dedications.
The Orange Prize for Fiction Archive contains records relating to the Prize from its beginning to the present day. Topics covered include discussions and plans on the foundation of the Prize, its initial launch, book clubs and charity events run in conjunction with the Prize, and records on the organisation of the Prize each year. The Archive includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and publicity documents.