General History Collections

Find out more about the General History Collections in the IHR Wohl Library. We collect historical sources and guides to finding and using sources. This page shows examples from the collections.


The library's large general collections cover titles and reference works published on European, transnational and world history from the early medieval period to the present day. We also have a large collection of bibliographies, archive guides and manuscript catalogues that will help our readers locate additional sources in libraries and archives elsewhere. We also house our collections of general periodical titles within this collection as well as works on the Holy Roman Empire.

Also included in this collection is significant and highly used sub-collection on historiography. While works specific to a particular geographic area can be found with the relevant collection (i.e. French historiography in the French collection) general titles are found in this collection. The remit of this sub-collection has widened significantly over recent years to reflect the new and exciting directions historical research has taken. Not only do we continue to collect works on all aspects of historiography, the sub-collection now includes a growing number of works on memory, material culture, the popular consumption of history and digital humanities.