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Archives and Special Collections


Library Services are custodians of the City, University of London Archives and Special Collections and are responsible for maintaining, preserving and making the existing heritage collection accessible to staff, students and external researchers.

For more information on our Archives, Special Collections, and how to access materials, please visit our

Archives and Special Collections Guide.


The City Archive contains a wide range of material detailing the history of the institution, including:

  • annual reports and general administrative records
  • press cuttings
  • photographs
  • audio/visual resources

The Aim25 consortium has details of the complete holdings of the City, University of London Archive.

The Northampton Square Library also houses a number of Special Collections, including:

  • The Athenaeum
  • Sir Robert Birley collection
  • The James Cameron collection


Requests to access the collection should be made to the Archives Team (

Please state your full name and address, and institutional affiliation/department where applicable.  You should also outline the nature of your research and the archive materials that you wish to access.


Key documents such as our Archives and Special Collections, Collection Development Policy and our Takedown Policy can be found on the About Library Services page on our website.