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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 September 2023

Wellington Congress 2025 Call for Papers

The University of Southampton will be holding its Eighth Wellington...

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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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Printed Collections

Find out about the Special Collections printed collections, including the Cope Collection, Parkes Library and the rare book material.

Digital Library

The Digital Library 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.

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

Sat, 24 Feb 2024

60 years in the city: the University and the City of Southampton

To mark the sixtieth anniversary of Southampton gaining city status, i...

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Mon, 12 Feb 2024

Palmerston: O is for Ottoman Empire

We continue our P-A-L-M-E-R-S-T-O-N series with ‘O’ for Ottoman, as we...

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Tue, 30 Jan 2024

Palmerston: T is for Tuscany

As we continue into the winter months, what better way to feel warm th...

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