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.

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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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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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

  • Thu, 13 Sep 2018

    Botanical treasures of the Stratfield Saye estate

    In October 1836 the botanist John Claudius Loudon wrote to Arthur Well...

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  • Thu, 06 Sep 2018

    The dangerous act of reading

    6 September is Read a Book day. The image of women as readers became c...

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  • Tue, 28 Aug 2018

    American Adventures Month: The Mountbattens’s honeymoon tour of the USA

    This month is American Adventures Month, and to mark this occasion, we...

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