Historical book collection

Our historical book collection is split between two sites:

  • Oldest part of the collection at our London office
  • Majority of the collection at the University of Essex library

The oldest part of the collection is held at our London office and includes all pre-1800 books as well as the collections donated by William Newmarch and George Udny Yule. There are more than 500 volumes and there is an appeal for donations towards the conservation and restoration of nearly 200 of these.

Email our archivist Janet Foster if you would like to view these books.

The majority of post-1850 books are held on permanent deposit at the University of Essex library. This collection consists of back runs of around 30 periodicals, a large book collection, and an important series of tracts – bound volumes of pamphlets on diverse topics. The core of the collection relates to statistics and statistical history, and contains much material of interest in the field of social and economic history, particularly for the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Fellows have free access to this collection, on a reference only basis, by request between Monday and Friday, 9am to 5pm. Fellows are advised to contact the library in advance of their visit.

More information

For more information go to the University of Essex library website.

Contact Nigel Cochrane / +44 (0) 12 0687 3172

Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

University College Library

Fellows also have access and borrowing rights for University College Library’s statistics collection by purchasing a discounted borrowing ticket. For more details visit the University College Library Services.