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SHOWCASE: Information about some of our most significant collections

Church Missionary Society


The collection is a rich source of information not only for ecclesiastical history and missiology but for the secular history and anthropology of the many countries, particularly in Asia and Africa, in which the Society has operated since its foundation in 1799. It contains some of the earliest recorded documents from pioneering explorations into Africa and Asia and first hand accounts of medical work during the tremendous advances in tropical medicine in the first half of the 20th century.
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Joseph Chamberlain Collection

Official and personal papers of the Rt. Hon. Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914). A hugely influential figure in later nineteenth century political life both in Birmingham and nationally, Joseph Chamberlain was also the first Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.
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Papers of Neville Chamberlain


Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister 1937-1940, remains the most famous member of his family because of the still controversial policy he pursued as prime minister to keep Europe from plunging into another war: the policy known as "appeasement". His collected letters and papers provide the best means to understand his motives in attempting to reach an understanding with Hitler.
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Austen Chamberlain Collection

Personal and official papers of Rt. Hon. Sir Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937) and the Chamberlain family. The official papers of Austen Chamberlain consist of material relating to his election to Parliament in 1892 and the offices he held thereafter including the post of Foreign Secretary, 1924-1929.
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Mingana Collection


This collection consists mainly of Arabic and Syriac Middle Eastern manuscripts with some Persian, Turkish, Armenian Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, dating from the 6th to the 20th centuries. It has particular strengths in illustrated manuscripts, and early Islamic and Syriac materials (including one of the oldest Qur'ans in existence).
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Young Men's Christian Association

This collection comprises the extensive historical records of the National Council of YMCAs, which was founded in 1882, together with some records of its regional structure and of local associations which date back to the 1850s. The archive charts the organisation's changing provision of religious, social, educational, physical and other activities and programmes for young men and boys over more than 150 years, including its civilian welfare work for troops during the world wars, involvement in assisted emigration, provision of hostels and holidays and training schemes such as the British Boys for British Farms.
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Youth Hostels Association


The archive of the YHA dates back to its foundation in 1930 when it pioneered the provision of holidays for people of limited means and also played a major role in providing access to the countryside as a form of social recreation. The collection includes the records of the national body and its regional structure as well as papers of individuals such as wardens and youth hostellers and is an important resource for 20th century social history.
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Avon Papers

Personal and political papers of Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, and Prime Minister, 1955-1957, including material on the Suez Crisis.
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Noel Coward Collection


Noel Coward (1899-1973), has been described as the best all-rounder of the theatrical, literary and musical worlds of the 20th century. His collection consists of plays, films, short stories, songs, music and lyrics, photographs, audio and visual recordings, correspondence, and transcripts of diaries and journals. It also includes press and magazine cuttings of reviews of Coward's plays, his publications, and his performances as an actor.
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Oswald Mosley papers (Nicholas Mosley deposit)

Personal and political papers of Oswald Mosley, and of his first wife, Cynthia Mosley (nee Curzon) and personal papers of his mother, Katherine Maud Mosley. The papers consist of correspondence; press cuttings; draft and published writings; policy documents and reports relating to Oswald Mosley's political movements the New Party, the British Union of Fascists and the Union Movement; photographs; diaries; notebooks and financial papers.
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British Organ Archive


This is a substantial collection accumulated by the British Institute of Organ Builders relating to the history of organs and organ building. It comprises the business records of a significant number of 19th and 20th century organ builders as well as including personal papers of antiquaries, scholars, organists and others relating to their interests in organs.
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The Cadbury Papers

The papers relate to the firm of Cadbury and relate mainly the Cocoa trade in West Africa.
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Harriet Martineau Papers


Correspondence, literary manuscripts and other papers of Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), writer. The letters document her activities and contributions as a social and political commentator, journalist and literary writer and as a feminist intellectual.
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