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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.

19 February 2020

Special Collections writes for Archives Hu...

Every month Archives Hub provides record repositories from around t...

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18 February 2020

Special Collections joins Twitter

The Special Collections Division has set up its very own Twitter pa...

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18 February 2020

Special Collections hosts 2019 Natalia Ben...

In an event hosted at the Hartley Library on 27 January 2020, a spe...

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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 current 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, plus a range of services to support teaching and research across all areas of the University.

Special Collections Blog

Fri, 07 Feb 2020

Southampton in the 1920s

As we enter the 2020s we take a look at what the Cope Collection can r...

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Fri, 31 Jan 2020

Crossing the South Downs by Frog and other Ripping Yarns from our Archives – a tribute to the late great Terry Jones

And now for something completely different… In tribute to the la...

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