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 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

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2017

    Exploring protests, rebellion and revolution in the Special Collections

    As part of the Explore Your Archive campaign the Special Collections t...

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  • Mon, 06 Nov 2017

    The Nation mourns Princess Charlotte of Wales

    On the morning of 6 November 1817, the country woke to the awful news ...

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  • Thu, 02 Nov 2017

    Balfour Declaration 100

    2 November 2017 marks the centenary of the letter sent by Arthur Balfo...

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