University College London,
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Special collections or strengths: There are special collections on American (i.e. United States) and Latin American history. The latter includes material on the non-Hispanic Caribbean. The London History library covers secondary literature relating to Greater London, and includes about 500 maps, together with a large pamphlet collection. Other fields of particular interest to the library are Nordic (Scandinavian), Dutch and Celtic history.
UCL has the principal Egyptology collection in the University. Much of the Library of the Royal Historical Society, which has a particularly good collection of record society publications, has been merged with the History library. Other society libraries housed at UCL of particular relevance include those of the Huguenot Society and the Mocatta Library (of the Jewish Historical Society). The collections of tracts include the Halifax tracts (covering 1559-1749) and Lansdowne tracts (1679-1776). The collection of early 19th century tracts assembled by the radical politician Joseph Hume amounts to over 5,000 items. Perhaps the most important of the printed primary sources in the History library is a set of British Parliamentary Papers of the 18th and first half of the 19th centuries. The provision of published primary source material is essentially the responsibility of the Institute of Historical Research, but UCL is maintaining existing collections of such material, e.g. Public Record Office (National Archives) publications and the reports of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts.
UCL has extensive manuscript collections. These are kept with the rare books in Special Collections. For details please see the Special Collections pages of the UCL Library Services web site.