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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): Hornsby-Smith
Held at: Jesuits in Britain Archives
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Full title: HORNSBY-SMITH, Michael P
Date(s): 1974-1993
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 4 filing cabinet drawers and 27 boxes
Name of creator(s): Smith | Michael P | Hornsby- | [b 1933] | Professor of Sociology


Administrative/Biographical history:

Michael Hornsby-Smith is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Surrey. He was Chairman of the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion Study group, 1990-1993.

Catholic Education (1978)
Roman Catholic Opinion (co-author 1979)
Roman Catholics in England (1987)
The Changing Parish (1989)
Roman Catholic Beliefs in England (1991)
The Politics of Spirituality (1995)
An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought (2006)


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Michael P Hornsby-Smith, [1973]-2007, including audio tapes containing interviews with lay members of the National Roman Catholic Bishop's Advisory Committees, 1974: this data was used by Hornsby-Smith for his books Roman Catholics in England and Roman Catholic Beliefs in England; the interviews investigate the social and religious background of the respondent, his or her religious beliefs, views on recent changes in the Church and observations of the work of the commissions.

Audio tapes containing interviews with staff of the programme RENEW and clergy from the English Roman Catholic Diocese of Downlands on the RENEW programme, 1988-1993. RENEW was a diocesan-wide parish based pastoral programme, originally developed in the United States, exploring the ways in which the renewal of spiritualities were promoted and controlled within the Roman Catholic Church.

Papers including correspondence, publications and articles on the Roman Catholic National Pastoral Congress, 1980 and published report entitled 'Roman Catholic Opinion: A study of Roman Catholics in England and Wales in the 1970s' by Hornsby-Smith and Raymond M Lee (1979, University of Surrey).

Further papers relating to Hornsby-Smith's research into Roman Catholicism in England including interview audio tapes; professional correspondence, [1973]-2007; survey data; theses of PhD students supervised by Hornsby-Smith; publications on Catholicism, 1973-2006; papers relating to Roman Catholic working parties and committees, notably in the Arundel and Brighton Diocese; published and unpublished drafts by Hornsby-Smith and research proposals.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Access is restricted to researchers approved by the Library. Some items are closed under the Data Protetion Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Some items may be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library.

Finding aids:

Handlist available for the first accession (audio tapes). The second accession is uncatalogued.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from Michael Hornsby-Smith in two accessions, 2000 and 2008.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2008

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