Participating Libraries and Archives
The Brotherton Library contains the research collections for languages and the arts. The Special Collections Research Centre, including some of the UK's outstanding rare books and manuscripts, is based within the library. Special Collections is the home of hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, archives and art. The collections offer a rich resource for staff, students and the wider research community.
Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers' community and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.
Hagley's library furthers the study of business and technology in America. The collections include individuals' papers and companies' records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society.
In 1974 a small group within the advertising industry decided that its heritage needed to be preserved and that the study of UK advertising should be encouraged. As a result, The History of Advertising Trust was founded in 1976 and registered as a charity in 1978.
The History of Advertising Trust is the archive for many of the major governing organisations of UK brand communications. These include: The Advertising Association, The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, The Direct Marketing Association, Periodical Publishers Association and The Institute of Public Relations. The trust’s archive clients include Butlins (Bourne Leisure), Kraft Heinz Ltd (now including HP Foods Ltd), Hovis (RHM Group Ltd) and Vimto (Nichols plc).
The History of Advertising Trust also hold the archives of many of the top 30 agencies including Ogilvy & Mather and J. Walter Thompson, as well as dozens of agencies that no longer trade such as Bates UK/Dorland and Collett Dickenson Pearce.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world.
The importance of collecting rare and special books for use as unique research tools has been recognized by the Michigan State University Libraries since its beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. Honouring this commitment, Special Collections was formally established in 1962 with the charge to house special materials, as well as to build, preserve and make accessible important research collections for educational use.
Today, Special Collections holds over 450,000 printed works, numerous manuscript and archival collections, and an extensive collection of ephemera supporting research in popular culture, radicalism, comic art and gender. Notable rare book collections include early veterinary medicine, eighteenth-century British history and culture, modern American literature, cookery and natural history.
The State Library of New South Wales is a leading global library, with a history dating back to 1826. The State Library's collection contains over 5 million items including more than 2 million books, 1.2 million microforms, 1.1 million photographs, as well as newspapers, maps, architectural plans, manuscripts and other items. The Library’s collection has a reputation as the most valuable library collection in Australia and among the most valuable in the world.
The British Library serves business and industry, researchers, academics and students in the UK and world-wide. The library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland and the collection includes well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. The British Library houses manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, patents, sound recordings, stamps and other philatelic items and over 16,000 people use the collections each day (on site and online).
The National Archives are one of the world’s most valuable resources for academic research. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government they are the guardian of millions of the UK's national documents, the earliest dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. For the academic community and others engaged in scholarly research The National Archives offer opportunities for collaboration and partnership across a broad range of disciplines. They bring together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historical documents with leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.
The University of California, San Diego Library provides access to more than 7 million items, including digital and print volumes, journals and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge demands of scholars, students and members of the public. The University of California, San Diego Library is ranked among the nation’s top 25 public academic libraries and plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions.
The University of Michigan Library is the sixth largest library in the United States. The Library contains more than 12.8 million volumes and 136,819 current serials. The Special Collections Library is home to some of the most historically significant treasures at the University of Michigan. The Special Collections Library includes around 275,000 published volumes, as well as an estimated 6,500 linear feet of archival material, about 450 incunabula (pre-1501 books), and almost 1,400 early manuscripts on vellum and paper. The Special Collections Library also includes an estimated 20,000 posters and prints and 10,000 photographs.
Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.
Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of colour. Graduate programs and a preeminent research library make Winterthur an important centre for the study of American art and culture.