Thursday, June 14, 2007

The ULRLS Archival Database
A Major New Resource for Researchers

The University of London Research Library Services (ULRLS) launched its new electronic catalogue for archives and manuscripts on 31 May 2007 . This new resource, developed over the past 18 months thanks to a grant from the Vice-Chancellor's Development Fund, is designed to complement the records of books, periodicals and theses available on the main library catalogue. It brings together descriptions of archival and manuscript collections at Senate House Library and the other libraries within ULRLS, making descriptions of more than 2,000 unique collections searchable online in one place for the first time.

The range of archive material held across ULRLS is extraordinarily diverse, covering many different aspects of British and world history over more than 1,000 years. Prominent among the collections held at Senate House Library is the University of London archive, the historic documents of which provide a unique insight into the growth and development of the University since 1836. Other strengths include: medieval manuscripts, literary manuscripts, papers of scholars associated with the University, and material relating to changes in politics, industry and society between the mid 18th and mid 20th centuries.