Although interest in migration history has increased in recent years, the IHR library has always been keen to collect in this field of research. Below is a selection of works to be found in the library ranging from published letters and diaries, ships’ lists of passengers, migrants' accounts from the medieval period to the 21st century to references works, bibliographies and guides to relevant archives and sources.
As with many fields of historical research, relevant material can also be found within larger bodies of source material. Several case studies below illustrate this need to ‘excavate’ the sources for relevant material. For example, parliamentary sources and the newspapers available within the library are a rich seam of information for many subjects, including the history of the Chinese diaspora in 19th and early 20th century British Empire. Similarly, while the library does have a selection of titles specifically on immigrant communities in medieval England, it is also worthwhile searching through the various calendars of administrative records, as well as published tax records the library has acquired for its British and English local collections.
The library’s collections are arranged mainly geographically with some topical collections, so relevant works can be found throughout the library. Use our catalogue to start your search to see what we have.