UK archives online

August 2021: Most broken links had been updated; I’ve not re-checked them. Several archival entities were added this past Spring. More LOCAL HISTORY publications have been added; some were already represented by past blog posts.

Conducting research from afar generally means finding material first. Here’s a growing list of UK archives with online catalogues. You can even ‘follow’ and ‘like’ a LOT of these places on Facebook!

Multi-site search engines (Archives/Archival materials):

Old Books / Online Books / Online Periodicals & Articles:

  • – my go-to for searching old books
  • – in many ways the same books, but treats readers better
  • JSTOR – the go-to site for journal articles; always available thru libraries – now offering free registration (some article limitations) for those without library access
  • HathiTrust Digital Library – always worth a look

Find a researcher:

(while I cannot ‘recommend’ a researcher from the above, I have had contact with a researcher in New York City and in northern California; if those places are of use to you, email me!)

UK public archives (alphabetical):

ACCESSIONS to Repositories, 1994-2017 [links by year]

UK CALM User Group – many of the above local archives have catalogues under the CALM banner – but CALM’s own list is even MORE comprehensive. Includes access to sites from the Architectural Association Archives to Worcestershire, and seems actively updated. Includes a short list of CALM sites hosted by Axiell



Ireland / Northern Ireland:

University (alphabetical):

UK Public Schools:

  • Eton – College, Photographic, Literary Archives (catalogues)
  • Harrow

Newspapers (historical/archives):




United States:

Lists of Links:


Diaries – Online manuscripts and books:

Let me know about any site updates — or additions & suggestions!
in the meantime, here’s a google search page [UK archives online]
another google search [search archives “manuscripts”]

New Book Releases:

  • Regency Explorer tabulates new book releases every month – the focus being on history, biography, military, royalty, literary, etc. releases; often includes books in languages other than English

Useful Alumni Directories:

Useful “Local” History Publications:

Such publications feature articles of a highly-specialized or local nature, including places and people. These sites allow access to their publications archives (ie, full articles).


Jane Austen:

Like the local history, highly-specialized publications, concerning the life, family and writings of author Jane Austen; feature full article access.


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