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Archives and Special Collections

The Archives holds a wealth of fascinating institutional, personal archives and rare prints, dating from the 17th Century to the present day. The collections document the rich history of the College, and provide vital evidence for research in the arts, humanities and social science. See the blogs below to find out more about our collections or follow us on Instagram qmarchives.
 
 
 

Black and white photograph of the People's Palace, Mile End in the early twentieth century showing cobbled street, large stone building, clock tower, winter garden to the left and st benet's church to the right and posters for events on a notice board ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS READING ROOM CLOSURE
19 March 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Archives and Special Collections Reading Room at Queen Mary University London will be closing from 5pm on Thursday 19th March 2020 until further notice.

Our digital services and a limited enquiry service will continue to operate during this period.

We will announce any plans to reopen here and on the Library Services home page.

INTRODUCING THE LEO BAECK INSTITUTE LONDON COLLECTION
27 February 2019

The Leo Baeck Institute London Collection is a valuable resource for the study of German-Jewish history and culture. It was recently deposited at Queen Mary University of London Library, by the Leo Baeck Institute London, and is available to researchers. In this post, we give an overview of the collection and take a look at some notable items.

FOR WHAT REASONS THE MURDER WAS DONE: THE DESTRUCTION OF CONSTANCE MAYNARD'S DIARIES
12 December 2019

A murder most historical! A detailed look at the deposit file of Constance Louisa Maynard personal papers, the first principal of Westfield College, and what it revealed about what is missing from the collection.

NEW ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS INSTAGRAM
27 November 2019

A new way of enjoying our unique and inspiring collections at Queen Mary Archives & Special Collections has arrived! Follow @qmarchives to learn more about this resource for original research, see collection highlights and get research inspiration.

STORIES FROM THE CHESWORTH ARCHIVE: CHRISTINE LAWRENCE AND THE MAHIWA YOUNG FARMERS TRAINING CENTRE
16 August 2019

At Queen Mary, we love how our archives preserve the stories of ordinary people who are often forgotten by the history books. In this blog post, we look at the life of Christine Lawrence (1930-2011), whose experiences working in Tanzania in the 1960s are preserved in the archive of Donald Chesworth.

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