Special Collections

These are managed by our Special Collections department and can be consulted by appointment in the Kirby and West Special Collections Reading Room.

Each Collection can be found using the Special Collections search of the Library Catalogue.

Please see our introductory leaflet to the Special CollectionsPDF icon for more information.

 

Association of Independent Museums Archive

AIM was founded in 1977 ‘in response to the growing number of community-based projects seeking to preserve locally and nationally important heritage’.

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Burrows Collection

A collection of manuscript and printed music composed by Benjamin Burrows.

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Campton Archive

The collection contains the literary papers of David Campton, author and playwright.

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Cartwright Archive

The Reg and Ann Cartwright Archive contains material relating to Reg Cartwright’s illustrations and Ann Cartwright’s stories for children’s books, and also to Reg Cartwright's other commercial work.

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Challis Collection

A collection of books and manuscripts on 'Beat' poetry, and correspondence between Chris Challis and other writers, 1980-1996.

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Chaproniere Collection

A photographic archive of English parish churches by Donna Chaproniere.

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Diplomatic Archive

A catalogue of the archive of diplomatic, consular, foreign service and foreign ministry lists dating from the 1950s to the 1990s transferred from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Library to the University of Leicester.

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Dyos Collection

Papers of Professor Harold James Dyos.

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Fairclough Collection

This is a large collection of portrait prints and illustrations relating to the political and social history of 17th century Britain compiled over some 45 years by Mr. A. B. R. Fairclough of Twickenham and donated to the University Library in 1970.

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Ford Papers

The Thomas Ford Papers include personal manuscript notebooks and a list of sermons preached by Dr. Thomas Ford (1742-1821).

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Gorrie Collection

Political memorabilia of Archibald Gorrie (c.1885-1941) relating to the Labour movement in Leicestershire in the period c.1889 -1909.

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Hatton Collection

A large collection of books on English Local History.

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Higson Collection

This Collection was donated by Dr. Winifred Higson, the Librarian of the Institute of Education and the School of Education of the University of Leicester between 1949-1973.

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Historical Directories

A digital collection of the trade directories of England and Wales (1766-1919).

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Holden Collection

The Caroline Holden Collection of art work illustrating the Adrian Mole books written by Sue Townsend.

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Incunabula

Incunabula are books printed before 1501 and for the age and size of the University of Leicester the University Library is particularly rich in this material.

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John Hersee Collection of Manuscript Exercise Books

The John Hersee collection of mathematical manuscripts records the teaching and learning of mathematics from 1704-1907

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Laffan Archive

Kevin Laffan (1922-2003) was a playwright and scriptwriter, probably best known as the creator, in 1972, of ‘Emmerdale Farm’, the ITV soap opera, for which he wrote 262 episodes.

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Leicester Medical Society Collection

Rare books from the library of the Leicester Medical Society.

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Leicester Mercury Archive

Photographic prints, negatives, cuttings files and other material from the newspaper library of the Leicester Mercury.

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