International Relations Collections

Find out more about the International Relations 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 International Relations collections in the Institute of Historical Research predominantly focus on sources relating to the major European powers and the United States over the last two hundred years, although the library does endeavour to collect sources from earlier periods where possible. The material held by the library is of considerable breadth, and includes journals, autobiographies and edited correspondence, alongside the extensive runs of official diplomatic papers relating to Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the United States amongst others.

The collection (under classmark IR) has been broken up thematically and then divided either chronologically or geographically, depending on the nature of the sources. There are also accompanying materials including bibliographies and library catalogues to compliment the rest of the collection. Following this, there is a classmark dedicated to international treaties followed by the main sections on diplomatic history. These have been divided into four chronological groups: pre-1870, 1870-1919, 1919-1945 and post-1945. Within these time frames are collections of diplomatic papers, autobiographies, memoirs, speeches, alongside complimentary secondary sources.

Highlights from the Collections

Treaties and International Law


International Law

Online Resources

Please note that access to the majority of these resources is available onsite at the IHR, or offsite for staff and students of the IHR only. 

Other Collections

Within the IHR Wohl Library

Browse collection guides to find material relevant to your particular area of interest. Other collections that may be relevant include:

Other libraries, archives, organisations

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