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History Research Collection

The History Research Collection constitutes over 80 separate series of modern scholarly editions, which either transcribe or calendar (summarise) manuscript and archival sources from libraries and museums all over the world.

The main focus of the collections is on British history: holdings include the Rolls Series, Calendars of State Papers, Calendars of Patent Rolls, Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland, Rymer’s Foedera, Monasticon Anglicanum, the Victoria County History of England series, Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts reports, and inventories of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. A modern six volume facsimile reprint of the Domesday Book is also held, along with many historical publication series such as York and Canterbury, Early English Texts, English Placenames, Camden, Hakluyt, Surtees, Selden, Pipe Roll and London record societies. Further government and legal sources include Statutes series, State trials, and Acts of the Interregnum.

The collection also includes series related to wider European and classical history: holdings include, for instance, sources such as the Loeb, Teubner and French classics Latin series, and Acta Sanctorum, Patrologia Latina, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Monumenta Germaniae Historica,  Aufsteig der romanischen Welt. As well as this, Greek sources include Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Inschriften griechischer, Lexicon iconographicum, Oxyrhyncus Papyri, Catalogue of Greek Coins, and Patrologia Graecae.

Other sources include a notable collection of Byzantine studies, and major sets of Crusader studies sources, such as Palestine Pilgrims Texts, Historiens des Croisades, and Monumenta Germaniae. Others include the Egypt Exploration Fund, and Cuneiform Text series sources for Near and Middle East areas.

Modern 20th century European sources include Documenti Diplomatici Italiani 1861-1939, Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918-1945, Actes et Documents… la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, Documents on British Foreign Policy 1919-1939, British and Foreign State Papers 1935-1968, Documents on British Policy Overseas 1945-1955, and UK Foreign Office Japan Correspondence.

These are supplemented for wider international coverage by the Documents on International Affairs 1928-1963, and the Survey of International Affairs series, plus Keesings Contemporary Archive/Record 1931-2002, and the Annual Register of World Events 1758-1945.

Date range: published 18th-20th century.

Significance: Significant in Wales and the United Kingdom.

Strengths: Europe, Church history, Greece, Roman history, Crusades, British history.

Size: c. 4,000 printed volumes.

Languages: English, Latin, Greek, German, French, and Italian.

Keywords: Classical antiquity, Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, medieval history, Middle Ages, Byzantium, modern history, Church history, local history, Great Britain, Europe, archaeology.

Notes:  Also held in the Law Library is a full set of Census reports for Britain, printed every 10 years from 1841 to date.