De Montfort University Special Collections

De Montfort University Special Collections is based in Library and Learning Services. In partnership with the International Centre for Sports History and Culture we are developing our holdings relating to sports. Collections are catalogued here:

Here’s just a small list of the sports collections catalogued:


  • England Boxing (formerly Amateur Boxing Association)
  • Papers of boxer Jack Greenstock
  • Papers of James McCarthy relating to boxing


  • English Chess Federation (archives and extensive chess library)
  • Papers of Stewart Reuben, chess player


  • Sir Norman Chester papers relating to the Football Trust
  • Papers of Simon Inglis, sports journalist, mostly relating to stadium architecture and football

Special Olympics:

  • Special Olympics, Leicester, 1989 and 2009
  • Papers of Susan Barton relating to the Special Olympics

Winter Sports:

  • Ski Club of Great Britain
  • Alpine Ski Club


  • Leicester Riders basketball club


  • Leicester Tigers Rugby Club


  • Papers of Leicestershire Tennis and Squash Club

Sports History:

  • Papers of Professor Tony Mason, sports historian
  • Papers of British Society of Sports History

Local sports provision:

  • Papers of Steven Humphries relating to local sports provision in Leicester

In 2018 Special Collections was delighted to receive a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Award to catalogue four of our sports collections: England BoxingSki Club of Great BritainSpecial Olympics Leicester and the Papers of Sir Norman Chester relating to football. Blogs about the project are collated here.

This collection entry was last updated on 04/03/2024. Information incorrect or out-of-date?