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Archives and special collections

Archives and Special collections held by the Library include:

  • over 500 archive collections relating to modern British political, economic and social history and the history of the social sciences, dating mainly from the late 19th century onwards
  • The archives of LSE itself, and a range of other material relating to the history of LSE
  • The Hall-Carpenter Archives, a collection of archives, journals and ephemera relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activism in the UK, dating mainly from after the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957.
  • The Women’s Library @ LSE a collection which documents all aspects of women’s lives, with a particular emphasis on the lives of women in the UK and the great political, economic and social changes of the past 150 years.

You can also find information on the substantial collection of rare booksand historical pamphlets

Archives and Special Collections are accessed through The Women's Library Reading Room on the 4th floor of the Library. Find out more about accessing Special Collections material.

Beginning your research

Search our catalogues to find out more about our collections and to identify material that is relevant to your research.

The Digital Library includes a range of digitised material from our Special Collections.

You may also find our collections pages useful: these include information on the Library's unique and distinctive collections as well as a range of subject guides.

Please contact the Library if you would like help identifying material that may be relevant to your particular area of research. In order to make the most of your time at the Library, we recommend that you wait to hear from us before arranging a visit so that you have time to follow up any suggestions that we might make.