Research Collections

New Special Collections acquisitions: Joan Brossa, and book from ‘one of the crackedest men of his time’, private presses, Houdini and magic

Senate House Library’s Special Collections are made up of rare and early material and specialist research collections that have been deemed to be of particular value (in many senses).  Some of the collections continue to grow and develop through new acquisitions from our trust funds , set up by donors to enrich, develop and enhance the Library’s holdings. Below are some highlights from purchases from the first part of this year. Any of the items can be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room by request.
17 May 2017
Tansy Barton

Radical Voices: Mechanics' Institution Libraries

On 3rd March 2017, as part of its ‘Radical Voices’ season, Senate House Library is hosting a conference entitled ‘Radical Collections: Radicalism and Libraries and Archives’. With this in mind, this blog post looks at an almost 200-year-old attempt to increase access to literature and science for the working class, via the libraries of the Mechanics’ Institutions.
27 Feb 2017
Leila Kassir

Radical Voices: a new season opens in Senate House Library

All I have is a voice, W.H. Auden wrote in his 1939 poem, ‘September 1, 1939’, and Senate House Library will be celebrating all those who have used their voices to argue for change and improvement throughout the last few centuries. The work of libraries and archives has long been to preserve the artefacts of these ideas, movements and activists and we are proud to make these many voices sing again. Today a free exhibition opens on the fourth floor in Senate House Library, displaying items representing myriad ways voices have been expressed.
10 Jan 2017
Dr Jordan Landes

The (partially) radical librarian on film

The first event of the Radical Voices season is a film showing of Storm Center , starring Bette Davis as a public librarian whose position is threatened by her support for intellectual freedom. Released in 1957, it is generally regarded as the first mainstream film to resist what has come to be termed ‘McCarthyism,’ and the enforced eradication from American political and cultural life of all those perceived to be sympathetic to communism.
10 Jan 2017
Dr Richard Espley

Ms.: a seminal US second-wave feminist magazine

Senate House Library has recently been offered a very welcome donation from the Information Service of the US Embassy in London - issues of the seminal US second-wave feminist magazine, Ms.

Gregory Toth takes a closer look at the publication.

30 Nov 2016
Gregory Toth

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