Celebrating your archive
With 6.5 million manuscript items and 50,000 printed books, the University of Southampton’s Special Collections provide a resource of remarkable richness and depth.
Southampton is also home to one of the largest Jewish archives in Western Europe; the Division has more than 850 collections of manuscripts of Anglo-Jewish archives. This makes Southampton an important center in Western Europe for the study of Anglo-Jewish history in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and for the relations between Jews and non-Jewish worlds. The Anglo-Jewish Archives contain important holdings for prominent individuals and national organisations.
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.
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.
The Special Collections Division is situated on Level 4 of the Hartley Library, Highfield Campus and we are open Monday-Friday, 0930-1700. It is available for anyone to use, regardless of whether you are attached to an academic institution. Access to the Archives and Manuscripts and Rare Books reading room, however, is by prior written appointment. We offer an image reprographic service and users are welcome to order copies of material from our collections.
Catalogues of our collections are available online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/archives/cataloguedatabases/index.page