Senate House Library’s history collections cover a broad chronological and geographical scope to support historical research. The collections have a strong international focus with distinctive strengths in British, Irish, European, United States, Imperial and Commonwealth as well as Latin American history. Chronologically the collections span from late antiquity and the Middle Ages to modern and contemporary history. Some of the thematic strengths of the collections lie in Victorian and Edwardian culture and society, the history of welfare and social reform, the history of education and the origins and development of industrial societies.
The history collections provide an extensive research collection of print and e-books, journals, newspapers, theses and microfilms. We offer a broad and growing selection of databases and electronic resources. Additionally, Senate House Library has acquired a wealth of special collections and archives of unique and rare materials over the course of its history, which we are still continuously expanding. To explore our unique historical collections further, consult our guides to Senate House Library’s printed special collections and archives and manuscripts.