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Special Collections

Special Collections

Special Collections
Special Collections

With 6.5 million manuscript items and 50,000 printed books, the Special Collections provide a resource of remarkable richness and depth. Within the Archives and Manuscripts are the papers of the first Duke of Wellington, third Viscount Palmerston, and papers for the foundation of the states of India and Pakistan in the archive of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Southampton is also home to one of the largest Jewish archives in Western Europe. Printed collections of note are the Parkes Library on Jewish/non-Jewish relations, the Cope Collection on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Perkins Agricultural Library and the Wellington Pamphlets.

Printed collections

Find out about the Special Collections printed collections, including the Cope Collection, Parkes Library and the rare book material.

Virtual Reading Room

The Special Collections Virtual Reading Room digitial viewer gives access to online digital collections.

Special Collections blog

The Special Collections blog is updated regularly with posts about our collections, as well as Special Collections news, events and exhibitions.

University Library

The University Library has a comprehensive collection of books and journals, both electronic and print, available from the Hartley and other campus libraries, plus a range of services to support teaching and research across all areas of the University.

Special Collections blog

  • Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:00:08 +0000

    Ardour in the Archives: Valentine’s Day Special

    In the western world it’s hard to miss that 14th February is Valentine...

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  • Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:30:49 +0000

    Chinese New Year

    8 February 2016 marks the start of Chinese New Year. This year it is t...

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  • Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:30:53 +0000

    Cataloguing projects: Family correspondence of Sir William Temple

    This week archivist John Rooney discusses his recent cataloguing of th...

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