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English and Comparative Literary Studies: Special Collections

A subject guide to the Library for students, researchers and staff in English and Comparative Literary Studies

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Special Collections at Warwick

The Library houses a collection of around 15,000 rare and early publications printed in English, German, French and Italian and dating from the 17th century onwards.

Showcasing our collections

We regularly showcase material from our Special Collections in the display cabinet on floor 1 of the Library. Follow the link below to see some of our earlier exhibitions, featuring early printed works, pamphlets and periodicals from our Ethnicity and Migration collections, or small press poetry from the mid twentieth century.

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Modern Records Centre

The Modern Records Centre, founded in October 1973, is the main British repository for national archives of trade unions and employers' organisations, and also has strong collections relating to pressure groups, fringe political parties and transport.

Warwick Digital Collections

Digitised content from our special collections and the Modern Records Centre archives.

Featured special collection

The Ethnicity and Migration Collection

An exceptional collection of books, pamphlets and journals, which spans the 1960s to early 2000s. It includes the Sivanandan collection from the Institute of Race Relations and the CRER collection from the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations. Geographical coverage includes UK, Europe, US, Latin America, Asia.