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General Archive Sources (UK)

Access to Archives (A2A)

The Access to Archives website provides on-line catalogues describing archives held throughout England, dating from the 900s to the present day. Includes descriptions of the following collections held at SOAS: papers of Sir John Mansfield Addis, papers of Sir William Mackinnon, archives of John Swire and Sons Ltd (see also the A-Z Listing of our collections).

http://www.a2a.org.uk/

Anti-Slavery Library

A brief guide to the Library’s holdings of printed and visual material. As well as including over two hundred years of literature on slavery the Library, in its contemporary collection, also holds material on child prostitution, bonded labour, etc.

http://www.antislavery.org/english/resources/library.aspx

Archives Hub

On-line descriptions of archive collections held in universities and colleges throughout the UK, including collections held at SOAS. See also AIM25 (below).

http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/

Archives in London and the M25 Area (AIM25)

An on-line database providing collection-level descriptions of archive collections held at over 50 higher education institutions and learned societies in the Greater London area, including descriptions of collections held at SOAS.

http://www.aim25.ac.uk/

ARCHON

The National Archives also maintains the ARCHON directory, which provides contact details for archive repositories in the UK.

http://www.archon.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archon/

British Library Public Catalogue

The British Library’s integrated catalogue, which contains information on over 12 million of its books and documents. Also contains a link to on-line catalogues not included in the integrated catalogue, such as the Japanese and Chinese printed books and serials catalogues and some of the holdings of the India Office.

http://catalogue.bl.uk/

CASBAH

Descriptions of research resources relating to Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian peoples in the UK.

http://www.casbah.ac.uk/

National Register of Archives (NRA).

The NRA covers archive collections whose handlists have been deposited with the NRA and are available at the National Archives

http://www.nra.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/

Royal Commonwealth Society Library Photograph Project

A selection of images from the Royal Commonwealth Society’s photographic collection. Photographs are arranged by topic (e.g. military, daily life, etc) and there is an index to photographers.

http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/rcs_photo_project/homepage.html

UK National Archives

As well as catalogues of its own holdings, the website of the UK National Archives provides access to searchable indexes to the National Register of Archives (NRA). The NRA covers archive collections whose handlists have been deposited with the NRA and are available at the National Archives. The National Archives also maintains the ARCHON directory, which provides contact details for archive repositories in the UK.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/