Archive and manuscript collections

The Cadbury Research Library cares for over four million archive items dating from the seventh century to the present day. We hold extensive collections of records related to organisations, societies and businesses; a wealth of personal and family papers, and other significant manuscript collections including the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts. We also hold archives of the University of Birmingham

You can search all of our archive holdings on our online catalogue.

Collection highlights

Our most significant collections of archives and manuscripts include:

New acquisitions

We continuously take receipt of new archive accessions to add to our holdings. Details of new acquisitions are available on The National Archive website.

Temporarily withdrawn items

On occasion, items are temporarily withdrawn for digitization or exhibition purposes. Details of temporarily withdrawn items.