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Cricket collections

We have a rich collection of cricket writing and literature. There are histories of the game; books about and by cricketers; fiction, drama and poetry featuring cricket; handbooks on technique; and periodicals.

Overview | Other cricket collections in the British Library | Other collections and links

Wisden cricketer's almanac, 1864 onwards, is at shelfmark P.P.2489.wd. There are also more recent titles, e.g. Cricketing Yorkshire, 1997 onwards, shelfmark ZK.9.b.10097. The collection also includes a growing number of fanzines - e.g. View from the bridge (Notts.), Who's Surrey now? (shelfmarks pending) and more mainstream journals such as Wisden cricket monthly, 1979 onwards, shelfmark P.443/452. These, and other cricket-related materials in the Library from around the world, are in Explore the British Library.

The standard bibliography is:

Stephen Eley and Peter Griffiths (eds.) Padwick's bibliography of cricket, London: Library Association, 1984-91. Shelfmark: HLR 796.358.

Other cricket collections in the British Library

Manuscripts Catalogue
Among the cricket-related manuscripts are early references to the game, as well as typescripts of plays on cricketing themes from the Lord Chamberlain's collection.

British Library Sound Archive
A range of sound recordings, including radio commentaries, drama, oral history and cricket-related songs. See also William Powell, Cricket in sound and vision: a discography and videography of cricket. Hainault: County Print Services, c1994. Shelfmark: HUS 796.3580208016

British Library Newspapers
As well as the daily and weekly newspapers, which have extensive coverage of cricket, there are specifically cricket-related newspapers such as The Cricketer (1921-1974) and its successor The Cricketer international, 1974 onwards.

Other collections and links

UK National Register of Archives
Lists details of hundreds of archives relating to cricket.

Of the many sites giving live coverage, statistics, history, book reviews, cricket society details and/or further links, the following is a small selection: