Colonial History in the Institute of Historical Research Library

The colonial collection covers general exploration and European colonisation and includes a significant number of travel journals. The collection of sources for the colonial history of North America is one of the best in the UK.

The division of the library into a colonial classification (classmarks beginning C) and national collections mean that relevant collections may be in different sections of the library, for example:

The Colonial collection classification scheme is subdivided as below. Sections in bold are on open shelves, others can be requested. You can search the catalogue by classmark.

  • CB  Bibliography
  • CG  General Works (mostly open shelves Floor 3)
  • CL  Area Collections:
    • CLA  America (open shelves America room Floor 2)
    • CLB   Africa
    • CLC   Asia
    • CLD   Australasia
    • CLE   Other Areas (This covers the Polar regions, Space exploration and miscellaneous territories).
  • CP  Periodicals