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The Salisbury Collection

The nucleus of the present Salisbury Collection was collected by Enoch Robert Gibbon Salisbury (1819-1890), a native of Flintshire, who was briefly MP for Chester.

The original collection contained about 13,000 books in Welsh, or relating to Wales and the Border Counties, together with valuable albums of maps and prints. Amongst them were rare books printed from the early sixteenth century onwards.

Salisbury's books were purchased by the College in 1886. Since that date many Welsh and Celtic books have been added so that today the Salisbury Collection is one of the major collections of its kind, with information covering historical, literary and linguistic studies, as well as the present Welsh economic, political, and social situation, containing about 50,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals.

Pre-20th century material from the Salisbury Collection is held in SCOLAR for reference use, while more recent publications are located on the Second Floor of the Arts and Social Studies Library, and are available for loan.

Arrangement of the Collection

Books are arranged in the following main groups:

W Celtic and General

WA Ireland and Irish

WB Scotland and Scots Gaelic

WC Isle of Man and Manx

WE Cornwall and Cornish

WF Brittany and Breton

WG Wales

All books and journals in the Salisbury Collection are listed on the LibrarySearch catalogue.

Reference Books

Reference works and bibliographies (WG40), dictionaries of biography (WG42), and encyclopaedias (WG45) are available. 


There is an extensive collection of periodicals, arranged alphabetically according to title. Catalogue records for all periodicals are included on LibrarySearch

Newspaper Cuttings Collection

A newspaper cuttings collection, taken mainly from the Western Mail and Y Cymro, is held in the archives. It covers about 20 subjects, and contains factual and up to date information on topics relating to Wales from 1989 to 1995. The Western Mail on CD-ROM is available from 1996 onwards.