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As major research libraries, the University Libraries of Oxford and Manchester have strong established collections in manuscript form, including the private papers of politicians. These papers are increasingly being created and offered to research libraries in digital format.

University of Oxford

The Bodleian Library holds one of the four most important collections of modern political papers in Britain. The collection includes the papers of six Prime Ministers, over one hundred Cabinet ministers and prominent Members of Parliament, as well as the Conservative Party Archives. Visit the website of the Modern Political Papers Department to find out more.

University of Manchester

The John Rylands University Library (JRUL) in Manchester holds the papers of Ramsay MacDonald, first Labour Prime Minister, and the papers of several other labour and trade union activists. See the online Special Collections Guide for more information.

The JRUL also works closely with the Manchester-based Labour History Archives and Study Centre (LHASC), which cares for the Labour Party Archive and is the only specialist repository for the political wing of the Labour movement. The LHASC holds the papers of prominent Labour politicians including Michael Foot, Eric Heffer and Judith Hart along with Communist politicians Harry Pollitt and Willie Gallacher


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