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.

  • 2 June 2017

    Route for accessing Special Collections, s...

    The Archives and Manuscripts reading room and Open Access Special C...

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  • 26 April 2017

    Wellington and Waterloo MOOC

    Starting on 5 June 2017 there will be a re-run of the free Massive ...

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  • 6 February 2017

    New descriptions for archive collections M...

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

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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

  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017

    Between The West and Russia exhibition

    Drawing on the Special Collections at Southampton, this exhibition wil...

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  • Tue, 10 Oct 2017

    Reading Readers in the Special Collections

    In this week’s blog post Jennifer Scott, a PhD candidate in the ...

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  • Wed, 04 Oct 2017

    Ask an Archivist Day: Responding to enquiries

    Archivists and curators of Special Collections possess a detailed know...

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