Library Archives and Research Collections

An overview of the Archives and Research Collections managed and maintained by the University of Bath Library.

About Archives & Research Collections

The Library maintains collections of unique, unpublished and rare, published materials to support learning, teaching and research.


Sport, Health & Exercise Collections

Archives & Research Collections relating to Sport, Health and Exercise.


Richard Bowen (Judo) Collection

Black and white photographic print showing members of the Budokwai at Lower Grosvenor Place, London, UK, 1922 from Bowen Collection

A collection of archival material and publications relating to the history of judo assembled by Richard Bowen (1926-2005), judoka and sports historian.


Politics, Languages & International Studies Collections

Archives & Research Collections relating to Politics, Languages and International Studies.


Elkin Collection

Elkin Collection books

A collection of books assembled by Dr Alexander Elkin (1909-2001), University of Bath academic, barrister and linguist.


Engineering & Technology Collections

Archives & Research Collections relating to Engineering and Technology.


Joseph Black Collection

Joseph Black opening the first annual School of Engineering Design & Project Exhibition, Summer 1965 (UPC/MISC/502)

A collection of the papers and correspondence of Joseph Black CBE FREng (1921-2000), University of Bath academic and engineer.

Watkins Collection

Illustrative figure from 'A Handbook on the Steam Engine' by Herman Haeder, 1896 (Watkins 158)

A collection of publications relating to stationary steam engines assembled by George Watkins (1904-1989), engineer and industrial archaeologist.

Hollingworth Collection

Construction of the Great Eastern steamship, 1855-1857 (HOLLINGWORTH E/24)

A small collection of archival material relating to various engineering projects in the UK and India mainly during the 19th century.


Science Collections

Archives & Research Collections relating to Science.


David Fishlock Collection

Sketch of David Fishlock taken from 'R & D Efficiency' (Fishlock Collection)

A collection of the papers and correspondence of David Fishlock (1932-2009), science journalist and writer.

David Wicks Collection

Lectures notes, nd c 1970s (Wicks C/1)

A collection of the papers and correspondence of David Charles Wicks (1931-2000), University of Bath academic and mathematician.

Leonard Rotherham Collection

Photographic portrait of Leonard Rotherham, Vice-Chancellor, 1969-1970 (UPC/UP/5/1)

A collection of the papers and correspondence of Leonard Rotherham (1913-2001), University of Bath Vice-Chancellor, physicist and metallurgist.


Social & Policy Sciences Collections

Archives & Research Collections relating to Social and Policy Sciences.


Bernard Schaffer Collection

Professor Bernard Schaffer (1925-1984)

A collection of papers and correspondence relating to the research of Professor Bernard Schaffer (1925-1984), social scientist.

Hylton Collection

Sketch of Lord Hylton made during a trip to Chechnya, 2007 (Hylton K/83)

A collection of papers and correspondence relating to the parliamentary activities and interests of Raymond Hervey Jolliffe, 5th Baron Hylton (b 1932).


Management, Business & Communications Collections

Archives & Research Collections relating to Management, Business and Communication.


Ian Hay Davison Collection

Ian Hay Davison, CBE, 1970s

A collection of the papers and correspondence of Ian Hay Davison CBE, accountant, company chairman and financial services regulator.

Pitman Collection

Sir Isacc Pitman with the image of the Intial Teaching alphabet and book cover of Phonography on Writing by Sound

A collection of books, journals and archival material relating to shorthand, writing systems, phonetics, the language of communication and educational reform.


Architecture, Buildings & Landscapes Collections

Archives & Research Collections relating to Architecture, Buildings and Landscapes.


Gardens Trust Collection

Books from the Gardens Trust Collection

A collection of published materials and ephemera relating to all aspects of the history of landscape and garden design assembled and owned by the Gardens Trust.

Bristol Region Building Record

Image of Guinea Street from the Bristol Region Building Record collection held at the University of Bath (BRBR 956)

A collection of photographs, other illustrative materials and associated papers relating to buildings in Bristol, Bath and the South West.


University of Bath Collections

Archives & Research Collections relating to the University of Bath.


University Archives

University of Bath royal charter of foundation, 1966

A collection of institutional records of the University of Bath selected for permanent preservation for their lasting historical value.



Historical Collections

Archives & Research Collections of primarily historical interest.


History of Medicines Collection

Illustration from 'Historie of Plants' by John Gerard(e), 1597

A collection of published material relating mainly to the history and development of medicines and medicinal science during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Hussey Collection

Hussey Collection books

A collection of books and journals assembled by John Hussey OBE, author and historical consultant, during the course of his research into World War I.