The University of Southampton
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.

  • 6 February 2017

    New descriptions for archive collections M...

    We are delighted to announce that descriptions for archive collecti...

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  • 22 December 2016

    Special Collections Christmas closure

    The Archives and Manuscripts and Rare Books Reading Room will be sh...

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  • 11 July 2016

    Limited access for summer 2016

    Due to the on-going building project taking place in the Hartley Li...

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  • 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 digital 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. You'll also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hartleyspecialcolls.

    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, 17 Mar 2017

    “A friend of science”: the first Duke of Wellington

    In honour of Southampton Science and Engineering Week at the Universit...

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  • Wed, 08 Mar 2017

    Celebrating the contribution of women: Lady Swaythling

    Today marks International Women’s Day which celebrates the social, eco...

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  • Wed, 01 Mar 2017

    “Perfecting … that most important communication”: the London-Holyhead highway

    1 March is St David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales. To mark this day...

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