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Major new addition to journalism archive

12 August 2008

A rich personal archive accumulated by one of Britain’s most respected popular and investigative journalists has been donated to the University.

Richard Stott was five times an editor of national newspapers - a record unequalled in British journalism. Following his death in 2007, Stott’s family transferred his extensive archive to the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Born in 1943, Stott excelled as a news reporter, features executive, columnist and leader writer. He twice edited the Daily Mirror, along with The People, The Sunday People, and Today.

The archive contains a wealth of information in relation to the Daily Mirror, as well as personal letters, photographs, and unpublished work.

The School’s Professor Bob Franklin has co-ordinated the transfer of the archive.

"This archive provides an invaluable insight into the history and development of popular journalism in Britain," said Professor Franklin. "Richard Stott was among the most distinguished journalists of his generation and the School is delighted to have received such an exiting and prolific collection of work."

The archive, which will be called the Richard Stott Daily Mirror Papers is a major addition to the School’s existing library, which includes the formidable Cudlipp Collection.

Professor Franklin and archivists from the University will be applying for funding to begin cataloguing the new collection, and it is hoped that the work will be available for staff and researchers to view in the near future.