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Special Collections

With around 7 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.

18 August 2020

Special Collections guest stars on the Uni...

Find out what Special Collections have been up to during lockdown a...

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27 May 2020

Special Collections releases The Written W...

Looking to try a new skill? Then why not have a go at our The Writ...

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4 May 2020

Special Collections launches new Basque ch...

Special Collections is pleased to present its new Basque child refu...

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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

Thu, 17 Sep 2020

The stories they tell: Lady’s Palmerston’s rewards of industry

Mary Mee was the daughter of Benjamin Mee, a London merchant living in...

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Fri, 11 Sep 2020

The stories they tell: the Rosicrucian Plays

For the latest in our ‘The stories they tell’ blogs we feature a play,...

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Fri, 04 Sep 2020

The stories they tell: the mobile ambulance synagogues

As we mark International Day of Charity 2020 on 5 September, we look a...

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