Research Collections

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

Researching Nigerian History at Senate House

Senate House Library possesses a wealth of material related to the history of Nigeria, from the origins of British influence in the region through to the present day. The Commonwealth Studies and the History collections are the main starting points for researching this topic, and in addition the Library also subscribes to a number of online resources that would be useful to those interested in Nigerian history. Print Resources The bulk of our material on Nigerian history can be found by browsing the following classmarks: Commonwealth Studies: DT513 – DT515
7 Nov 2016
Research Collections

The Making of Twentieth-Century Britain (6AAH3033/34)

Senate House Library has a combination of electronic and print resources that will be useful for your dissertation. The information below is simply to get you started Print Materials  Your research will probably take you to every open floor of Senate House Library, where you will find books on the fifth floor in History (browse at classmarks MUGV, MZR, OAG), on the seventh floor in Sociology (especially at classmark RLR), Politics (try the classmark RL3e), Economics (around TWe), and on the sixth floor in Commonwealth Studies (around DA16, JV9125, and HV802).
19 Oct 2016
Dr Jordan Landes