Welcome to the official blog of the University of Southampton Special Collections. Here you will find out about the collections, as well as Special Collections news, events and exhibitions.
The archive and manuscript collections, which number in the region of 6.5 million items in 2,500 collections, are principally from the nineteenth and twentieth century, although the earliest item dates from the twelfth century.
They focus on a range of areas including: political, military, diplomatic and official papers of individuals with a connection with the University’s region, such as the first Duke of Wellington, Lord Palmerston, and Earl Mountbatten of Burma; Anglo-Jewry and the relations between the Jews and other peoples; the University itself and former staff, students and associates; acoustics, in particular architectural acoustics; and historical river data.
Special Collections is the home of the early and rare books from the Library’s general collections and the named collections which have been presented to the University over the years. These range in size from a few hundred titles to several thousand volumes and include printed books, pamphlets, journals, maps, prints, photographs and postcards. Within the collections there are examples of both the earliest printed books and the latest printed ephemera.
The collections are open to all to use. For further information on access please visit the Special Collections website at: