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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.

20 March 2020

Update regarding the ongoing coronavirus o...

As part of the University's response to coronavirus, all libraries ...

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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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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

Wed, 01 Apr 2020

The stories they tell: emergency rations anyone?

Welcome to our new series of blogs “The stories they tell”...

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Wed, 25 Mar 2020

Another of our extraordinary woman: Mrs Cissi Z.Rosenfelder

Concluding our “Celebrating women” blog series as part of Women’s Hist...

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