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 November 2017

Wellington Congress 2019 - call for papers

The University of Southampton will be holding its Seventh Wellingto...

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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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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

  • Sat, 17 Mar 2018

    The Wellington archive and Ireland

    It was 35 years ago, on St Patrick’s Day 1983, that the archive of Art...

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  • Thu, 08 Mar 2018

    Celebrating the contribution of women: Edith “Edie” Noble

    Held annually on 8 March, International Women’s Day celebrates the soc...

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  • Fri, 02 Mar 2018

    William Mogg and Arctic exploration

    As Britain and Europe experiences a period of extreme cold and snow, w...

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