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About Explore Archives and Manuscripts

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Use the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue to find and order from the Library’s unique collection items including:

  • Manuscripts and unpublished documents
  • Personal papers, correspondence and diaries
  • Family and estate papers
  • India Office Records and Private Papers
  • India Office Prints, Drawings and Paintings
  • Photographs

More catalogues

Explore the British Library

Use Explore the British Library to search, view and order items from our main catalogue of circa 80M records, or search the contents of the Library's website.

Digitised Manuscripts

View digitised copies of selected manuscripts and archives

Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

Find and view descriptions and selected images of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts

View all online catalogues

News & notices

Some of our collection items are temporarily unavailable

26 October 2021

Stay updated on any disruption to the availability of items in our collection.