Charles Booth's London poverty map.

Collection highlights

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Our collections are internationally recognised and a source of inspiration and pride for the LSE community.

We collect social sciences material in the widest sense, with the collections particularly rich in economics, statistics, political science and public administration.

You can search for material using the catalogues we provide or browse on the individual collection pages that our curators have designed.

  • Britain and Europe - a unique collection of material related to complicated relationship of Britain and the European Union. Particularly strong on material related to both British referendums on membership of the EU.
  • British political parties - archives covering 20th century British politics and politicians. Including the early Labour Party and the founder of UKIP. 
  • Data and statistics - a historically strong collection of material covering three broad types of data: printed statistical, online data and offline data that has to have access restrictions placed on its use. 
  • India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - archives that chart the relationship between Britain and the Indian subcontinent from the late 19th century.
  • LGBT collections - the collection is particularly strong on campaigning material from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Our main LGBT collection is called the Hall-Carpenter Archives in honour of Radclyffe Hall and Edward Carpenter.
  • LSE history - rich archival resources related to LSE's history. You will also find answers to many of the questions we often get asked about LSE and its history.  
  • Prostitution and trafficking - primary source material relating to prostitution, human trafficking, the treatment of venereal diseases, sexual health and sexuality. The majority of the material dates from the late 19th to the mid 20th century.
  • The Women's Library - The Women’s Library began its life in a converted pub in Marsham Street, Westminster, 1926. It had two aims: to preserve the history of the women’s movement, and to provide a resource for newly enfranchised women to enter public life.
  • Women's suffrage - material relating to the campaign for women’s suffrage. The majority of this collection forms part of the Women’s Library, whose roots are founded in the suffrage movement.

Want to know more about our collections?

We hold events, undertake outreach work and run a regular programme of exhibitions to highlight the unique and distinctive material in our collections.

Keep an eye on our exhibitions page for updates, read our subject guides for collections related to your courses or just email us to learn more

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