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The Parkes Institute

Printed collection

The Parkes Library remains unique since it is the only collection devoted to the relationships between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.

Parkes Library

The Parkes Library has its origins in the working library of Reverend Dr James Parkes, who in 1929 began collecting books to support his research into the growing problem of anti-Semitism. Parkes maintained the collection as an independent library for many years until in 1964 it was transferred to the University of Southampton. Consisting of over 27,000 books and journals and ranging from early printed books to recent publications, it is unique in having as its focus the relationship between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.

The Library's strengths include the areas of Jewish history - ranging from broad chronological surveys to detailed studies of individual communities, Jewish-Christian relations throughout the centuries, the origins and development of anti-Semitism, the study of the Holocaust in all its aspects, the development of Zionism and the history of Jews and Judaism in Palestine from the earliest times to the period of the British Mandate.

Hartley Library
Hartley Library
Hartley Library
Hartley Library

Montefiore Collection

Material added to the Parkes Library since its arrival at Southampton, includes books on Judaism from the collection of Claude Montefiore, President of the University College of Southampton, 1913-1934, books and journals on twentieth century Jewish history from the Library of the Institute of Jewish Affairs and books from the Joseph Sherman collection of Yiddish literature.

All enquiries should be directed to Archives.

Information on using the Library can be found in the Parkes Library Guide.

Books
Books
Claude Montefiore
Claude Montefiore

James Parkes saw the Parkes Library’s pamphlet collection as providing the day to day savour of an actual period which a historian seeks to catch.

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