This resource guide provides an overview of some of the collections held by the University of Exeter that may be particularly useful for the study of politics and social history. The boxes below describe collections relating to different themes and contain links to the catalogues, through which you can explore the collections further.
The resources highlighted in this guide have been identified using our catalogues, but are not exhaustive. You can search our archives catalogue and library catalogue with key word searches to identify further items of interest. More information on searching the catalogues can be found on the Search our Catalogues LibGuide. If you come across any other sources within our collections that you think should be included in this guide, we would be very pleased to hear about them.
Archives and rare books held by Special Collections are available to everyone. More information about accessing the collections can be found in our Visiting Heritage Collections LibGuide. Please note that there may be some restrictions on accessing and copying (including photography) material in the archives and books held by Special Collections in line with current data protection and copyright legislation. Always make sure to check the access conditions on the archive catalogue and email Special Collections before your visit for more information about specific restrictions.
Lady Jersey's Personal Papers (EUL MS 10) Papers of a miscellaneous nature, including invitations to events, political satires, and short communications.
Mervyn Bennun collection of journals and pamphlets relating to Anti-Apartheid, 1960s-1990s
A full list of journals relating to Anti-Apartheid can be downloaded here MS 112 Bennun.
Pamphlets relating to Anti-Apartheid are catalogued and can be found on the library classic catalogue.
The Hypatia Collection consists of approximately 10,000 books and journals by or about women. Part of its richness stems from the inclusive collecting habits of its creator who acquired many ephemeral titles and books on subjects and by writers traditionally excluded from the academic canon in her aim 'to make available published documentation about women in every aspect of their lives'.
The collection includes a section on politics, comprising books, journals relating to women's rights and women in politics and political movements.
To search the collection more broadly for items relevant to politics, use the Advanced Keyword Search page of the University of Exeter Library Catalogue. Type 'Hypatia' into one field and a keyword or name into the second field. Select 'Special Collections' from the 'Search in the' field. More tips on searching the Library Catalogue can be found in the Library's LibGuide on Search Tips: Improving Your Results.
Books and journals in the Hypatia Collection are available for consultation in our reading room by advance appointment (we ask for at least 48 hours' notice). You can contact the Special Collections team for more information about this collection at firstname.lastname@example.org. An appointment to visit to the Reading Room can be booked via the Visiting Heritage Collections LibGuide.
Rare book collections can be found by searching the University of Exeter Library catalogue
Searching for archives relating to political or social issues:
Archive material can be found by searching the University of Exeter Special Collections archives catalogue
You can find more search tips in our 'Searching our Catalogues' LibGuide
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