University and institute libraries

Access University libraries are not open to the public, but access can usually be arranged on request, given an acceptable reason and an academic letter of introduction. Each library has its own rules.

Collections of art and manuscripts have been donated to many universities and colleges. Locations of those in the UK and Republic of Ireland with brief descriptions of their collections can be found in the Libraries Directory 1998-2000 ed. Iain Walker (2001). The Archives Hub provides online searchable descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges.

Universities with significant collections for building history include:

Proposed tower for Auchterless Parish Church (1894) by William Smith (Aberdeen University Library)

University of Aberdeen Library

The Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University of York, St Anthony's Hall, Peaseholme Green, York YO1 2PW

University of Bristol Library, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol

University of Bristol, Department of Drama, Cantocks Close, Bristol BS8 1UP

Theatre Collection: programmes, playbills, posters, paintings and prints. Major archive collections include those of the London Old Vic, Bristol Old Vic, Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Her Majesty's Theatre.

Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR

The libraries of some individual colleges also have their own collections of MSS, including several monastic cartularies, described by Davis.

Durham University Library

University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ

University of Exeter

The Brooking Collection of Architectural Detail, University of Greenwich

A comprehensive collection of over 7,000 architectural details from the last five centuries - windows, doors, fanlights, staircase sections, bootscrapers, rainwater heads and wooden mouldings. Largely in store and not open to the public. The Brooking Home Study Collection (of photographs) near Guildford in Surrey can be visited by appointment.

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

University of Kent at Canterbury

University of Manchester Library

University of Nottingham Library

Holds the archives of a number of local landed families, whose estates in some cases were scattered over several counties, and some ecclesiastical archives. Part of the MSS catalogue is online.

Micklegate Bar, York by Thomas Hearne 1777 (Whitworth Gallery)

Oxford University

The Bodleian Library has so notable a collection of MSS that it is classified here as a national repository.

Worcester College has a collection of architectural drawings by Inigo Jones and others. Catalogues:

University of St Andrews

Among its special collections, the university library holds one of the largest and most important collections of historic photography in Scotland,including very early photographs. There is a searchable online database.

Trinity College Library, College Street, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland

Barbavilla House, Westmeath (Trinity College, Dublin MS 11198/8/61)

Warwick Mouldings Archive, 36 Southbank Road, Kenilworth CV8 1LA

Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Whitworth Park, Manchester M15 6ER