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Special Collections and Archives

Your guide to unique and rare resources held by the Philip Robinson Library

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There are many different kinds of archives for you to explore, depending on what kind of information you need and you may wish to look further afield for your research.  Here are a few tools to help you find other archives in the North East, around the UK, in Europe and beyond: 

Here in Newcastle we are very lucky to be close to lots of archives and special collection libraries which are open to the general public.  As with Newcastle University Special Collections, what you will find from these websites are general collection or book descriptions and other 'finding aids' to help you see what is in a collection.  You will then need to request items you are interested in and make an appointment to view them in their own reading rooms.

Local Authority Archives

 

Other University Special Collections

 

Specialist Repositories

 

Private and Family Archives

To locate archives beyond the Newcastle region...

Library Hub Discover Service (formally COPAC and SUNCAT catalogues combined) is where you can search the rare book catalogues specialist research libraries in the UK. The website will just list the catalogue entry, and to access the book you will need to visit the library holding it, wherever in the UK it is. But the website is a great place to start your search and to find out what books are out there.

To locate rare books beyond the Newcastle region

Library Hub Discover Service (formally COPAC and SUNCAT catalogues combined) is where you can search the rare book catalogues specialist research libraries in the UK. The website will just list the catalogue entry, and to access the book you will need to visit the library holding it, wherever in the UK it is. But the website it a great place to start your search and to find out what books are out there.

Like the UK National Archive's Discovery tool, Archives Portal Europe is a one-stop web service aiming to make European archives as accessible as possible. 

The Archives Portal Europe cooperates with the European Project to make archival material searchable and findable; the Europeana Collections provide acesss to over 50 million digitised items. 

ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records from over 1,000 different archival institutions worldwide. It has a particularly strong USA focus, so you may want to check for national archives of other countries of interest to get a fuller overview of what is available. 

Help and advice

If you would like any help and advice on using Special Collections and Archives or you would like to book an appointment with one of the Special Collections team, please use our contact details below:

   Reading Room, Level 1, Philip Robinson Library

  +44 191 208 7712

  Email the Special Collections Team

  @ncllibspeccoll

 ncl.ac.uk/library/special-collections/
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