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British and Commonwealth History

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Strong holdings in British and Commonwealth history have been a hallmark of the Stanford University Libraries since its founding. Shortly after the founding of the University in 1891, the library began acquiring primary materials dealing with British history, including a substantial collection of documents and books relating to British railroads in the Timothy Hopkins Collection, and an extremely valuable set of British Parliamentary Papers acquired by Jane Stanford with the assistance of History Professor George E. Howard.

Particular strengths lie in an extensive collection of microfilm materials relating to the history of Great Britain, including a large number of microfilm sets that reproduce manuscript materials from early modern England, through such holdings as the Mass Observation Archive of the 20th century. Holdings of government documents in the Jonsson Library are also very strong, including an excellent collection of Cabinet Office and Foreign Office materials on microform.

Coupled with the Hoover Institution's extensive collection of archival materials relating to British political parties (particularly the Labour Party), foreign relations between the two world wars, and decolonization, resources for the study of British and Commonwealth History at Stanford are rich and varied.

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Contact Information

Benjamin Stone, Curator
Green Library — HASRC, McDermott Suite
Stanford, CA 94305-6066
voice: (650) 725-1180
fax: (650) 725-1068
email: bstone@stanford.edu

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