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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.

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.

Formal photograph of five standing and seated Westfield College Staff in a garden 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.

Screenshot of an Instagram post on the Queen Mary Archives Instagram account 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.

Colour photograph of Christine Lawrence, Bishop Trevor Huddleston, Donald Chesworth and Reverend Austen Williams, 1972 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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