With 6.5 million manuscript items and 50,000 printed books, the Special Collections provide a resource of unparalleled 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.
Introducing the Special Collections: opening hours, access arrangements, regulations, reprographics service, where to find us, contact details
Information about the archive and manuscript holdings, the range of on-line catalogues available and the survey databases of related manuscript resources.
Links to the survey databases of manuscript collections and on-line resources elsewhere related to the holdings of the Special Collections