The IHR library's collections are arranged geographically, by period and type of material, so items on travel writing are located in different sections of the library, usually according to the region being described. The library collects bibliographies and archive guides, reference works, historiography, published primary sources and periodicals, covering western Europe and its colonial history, from the fifth century onwards.
Within the primary sources are a lot of editions of travel writing, including the publications of the Hakluyt Society, a vast series of "editions of primary records of voyages, travels and other geographical material". Different types of travel are represented, for example pilgrimage, exploration, leisure and educational travel. Material is generally collected in its original language. The items listed below are just a selection highlighting the range of material we hold, you can browse our full holdings on the catalogue. Some of our material is in closed-access- see further details.
Highlights of the collection
- Bibliographies and Archival Guides
- Reference works (incl. biographical dictionaries and historiography)
- Published sources
- Electronic resources
- Related collections
We hold a range of journals which include relevant articles. Current copies of our journals are on open access in the library, and back issues can be ordered from the stack. Many are also available online within the building via the links on the catalogue entry. BBIH and JSTOR are examples of the online databases that can be used to locate journal articles.
- Travel, trade and power in the Atlantic 1765-1884, edited by Betty Wood and Martin Lynn
- Schellinks, Willem, The journal of William Schellinks' travels in England, 1661-1663
A full list of our electronic resources is available at http://www.history.ac.uk/library/collections/eresources. Below are a few examples of resources that could be useful for this subject (most are available onsite in the IHR or via subscription only):
- For newspapers, see e-resources
Within IHR library
Senate House Library
- Special collections: Many collections, both print and archival, will have travel and/or exploration history sources.
- Modern collections
Other libraries, archives, organisations
- British Museum
- Victoria & Albert Museum
- British Library
- Museum of London
- Horniman Museum & Gardens Library
- Imperial War Museum
- National Maritime Museum