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.

  • 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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  • 8 April 2016

    Restricted service notice for summer 2016

    From June until December 2016, there will be a building project tak...

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  • 7 April 2016

    Special Collections joins Facebook

    The Special Collections Division has recently set up its very own F...

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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

    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, 21 Oct 2016

    In praise of apples

    21 October has become celebrated as Apple Day. Launched in 1990 by Com...

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  • Tue, 11 Oct 2016

    The 28th Wellington Lecture and Explore Your Archive events

    28th Wellington Lecture This year’s Wellington Lecture, titled ‘...

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  • Tue, 04 Oct 2016

    The Battle of Cable Street – 4th October 1936

    The Battle of Cable Street is a significant moment in the history of L...

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