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British History

Books on the history of England in the Stack building.

Books on the history of England in the Stack building.

In the field of British history the Newberry is unusually rich, covering the Middle Ages through World War I.

Serial sets of printed primary sources are a major strength of the British history collection. These types of sources would include:

  • Publications of official bodies, such as Record Commissions, P.R.O and Historical Manuscript Commission
  • Publications of national societies, such as Catholic Record Society and Huguenot Society of London


  • Nearly complete holdings of national and local historical society publications in any part of the British Isles

Other special strengths include:

Most English-related manuscript holdings are in the Ayer Collection, and relate to voyages, travels and cartography. Newspapers is one area that is far from comprehensive. However, the Newberry holds the bibliographic tools necessary to support historical research in British history and prepare for research in British archives and manuscript collections.

See also:

Checklist of English manuscripts – 1500-1865

Bibliographic Guide for British History