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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.

Title page from An Introduction to the Study of Seaweeds by George Murray BOTANY IN THE RARE BOOKS
17 September 2021

In September the Chelsea Flower Show will once again open its doors to the public after a long lockdown. Let Special Collections Information Assistant, Anne Marie McHarg, open a book or two to showcase the wealth of rare books in our collection on plants and wildlife. 

Title page from an Oxford edition of the Iliad by Homer with text in greek and latin, 1740s THE ORAL TRADITION (IN WRITING)
7 June 2021

After her look at Aesop, Anne-Marie, our Rare Books and Special Collections Information Assistant, has taken a closer look at the oral tradition of storytelling and how it has developed over time, up to the present day.

Plate showing Aesop from Fables of Aesop and other eminent mythologists / with morals and reflections by Sir Roger L'Estrange, Kt AESOP IN THE RARE BOOKS COLLECTION
29 April 2021

Anne-Marie McHarg, Rare Books and Special Collections Information Assistant, has been looking at the books held in our rare books collection as she works her way through cataloguing them. First up, a closer look at Aesop and his fables, and a connection to one of our buildings which you may not know about!

Photograph of the A mahzor (book of liturgical prayers) for the feasts of Sukot, Pesach and Shavu’ot, dating from 1784; the book is open and sitting on a book cushion 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.

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.

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