Sources for Charity, NGO, and Political Campaign Group Archives
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- General NGO and Charity Resources
- Other Archives Services with NGO and Charity Collections
- Research Networks and Societies
- NGOs and Charities with Archives at SOAS
General NGO and Charity Resources
Database of Archives of Non-Governmental Organisations (DANGO)
DANGO provides an online database of post-1945 UK NGO and charity archives collections held in libraries, archives and other institutions across the UK. The database is fully searchable by name, keywords, date, and related organisations.
The National Archives' ARCHON directory is a searchable listing of record repositories in the United Kingdom. ARCHON can be used to locate details about the in-house archives services of some larger NGOs and Charities, such as Oxfam and the Red Cross.
Records of the Charity Commission for England and Wales
Information relating to the records of the Charity Commission held at The National Archives. The Charity Commission regulates registered charities in England and Wales.
The Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives
The Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives raises awareness of the importance of voluntary sector archives as strategic assets for governance, corporate identity, accountability and research. The Campaign brings together researchers, custodians, creators of records and others to share expertise and resources.
The NGO UK Project
The 'NGO UK: Non-Governmental Organisations 1945-97' project at the University of Birmingham was focused on the history of NGOs in Britain since 1945. The project's site contains a useful research guide and bibliography for NGO researchers.
Duke University Library NGO Guide
A useful research guide on NGOs produced by Duke University Library, containing a database of NGOs.
Other Archives Services with NGO and Charity Collections
Birmingham University Special Collections
Birmingham University Special Collections holds material related to Christian mission, youth and education.
The British Library for Development Studies
The British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) contains the largest collection of economic and social development materials in Europe.
Bradford University Special Collections
The University of Bradford Special Collections holds notable collections on peace activism and religion.
The Hull History Centre
The Hull History Centre (incorporating Hull University Archives) holds a collection of archives of national and regional pressure groups.
The Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC)
LHASC is a specialist repository for the political wing of the Labour movement. LHASC holds the archives of political parties and leftwing pressure groups.
The London Metropolitan Archives
The London Metropolitan Archives holds the records of a number of national and local pressure groups, voluntary organisations and charities.
Rhodes House Library, Bodleian Library
The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, Oxford holds the archives of Oxfam and the Anti-Apartheid Movement.
Southampton University Special Collections
Southampton Special Collections holds a large collection of records relating to Jewish History, including the papers of the Federation of Jewish Relief Organisations.
Warwick University (Modern Records Centre)
The Modern Record Centre at the University of Warwick holds a significant collection of interest groups and pressure groups archives.
Working Class Movement Library (WCML)
The WCML holds collections relating to the history of the UK labour movement.
The Wellcome Library
The Wellcome Library collections relate to the history of medicine and related subjects.
The Women's Library
The Women's Library is a cultural centre housing the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK.
Research Networks and Societies
Voluntary Action History Society
The Voluntary Action History Society (VAHS) aims to advance the historical understanding and analysis of voluntary action. VAHS organises seminars, conferences and symposia.
The History of Education Society
The Society seeks to further the study of the history of education by providing opportunities for discussion among those engaged in its study and teaching.
The Social History Society
The Society promotes the study of the history of society and cultures by teaching, research, publication and other appropriate means. It organises a conference annually.
The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisation and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
ARNOVA is an international organisation dedicated to fostering through research an understanding of the nonprofit sector, philanthropy and volunteerism.
International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)
The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is an international association promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector.
NGOs and Charities with Archives at SOAS
Christian Aid is a faith-based anti-poverty charity, based in the UK. It has a global focus, working for poverty relief, international development and poverty eradication.
War on Want
War on Want seeks to fight poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation. It aims to campaign against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.
Liberation (Incorporating the Movement for Colonial Freedom)
Liberation aims to campaign for freedom, human rights, anti-racism, economic justice, peace and disarmament. It is the successor organisation to the Movement for Colonial Freedom (MCF).
The Western Sahara Campaign UK
The Western Sahara Campaign is a UK based organisation campaigning for self-determination for the Saharawi people in Western Sahara.