Archives and Manuscript Collections
To identify quickly the most significant collections of a person's papers, look up the person in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and consult the "Archives" section at the end of the entry.
National Union Catalogues
- The National Archives: Search the Archives
"The National Archives, which covers England, Wales and the United Kingdom, was formed in April 2003 by bringing together the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission. It is responsible for looking after the records of central government and the courts of law, and making sure everyone can look at them." Its "Search the Archives" page provides access to its Catalogue (which contains "9.5 million descriptions of documents from central government, courts of law and other UK national bodies, including records on family history, medieval tax, criminal trials, UFO sightings, the history of many countries and many other subjects"). It also provides links to and descriptions of other major British archival catalogues.
- RLG Union Catalog - AMC File Search Form
"The RLG Union Catalog is a comprehensive database that serves as a major union catalog of records describing books, serials, archival collections, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, films, photographs, posters, computer files, electronic resources and more. The RLG Union Catalog reflects the collections of major research libraries; academic, public, corporate and national libraries; archives and museums; historical societies and international book vendors."
A Selective Guide to Collections Worldwide
- Archives and Manuscript Collections
A "selective guide to finding archives and manuscript collections. It includes catalogs and finding aids at Columbia, as well as national catalogs and databases. It also includes a list of national archives and libraries, college and university collections, and historical society archives."
Collections Available on Microform
Some archival and manuscript collections have been reproduced in microform sets. Below are some tips on identifying and accessing such sets.
Sets at Columbia University Libraries
In CLIO, do a Guided Keyword search for:
archives sources in Subject
england in Subject
Note: In place of "england," use whichever geographical name is most appropriate for your research: for example, great britain, ireland, etc.
Title: Archives of the House of Longman, 1794-1914 [microform].
Physical Description: 73 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
Series: British publishers’ archives on microfilm
Publisher/ Date: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] : Chadwyck-Healey ; Teaneck, N.J. : Somerset House, 1978.
LC Subjects: Longman (Firm)--Archives.
Publishers and publishing--England--History--Sources.
Location (guide): Butler Microforms, 401 Butler
Call Number: MICROFLM F a7897
Location Has: 73 reels