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Welcome to World History Archives. This website is designed as a resource for historians and history students undertaking research in archives across the world. Our blog posts are generated from feedback provided by fellow researchers and are designed to contain useful information about how to access individual archives and what the research experience is like in each place. Researchers may locate an archive by using our interactive map, or by searching our blog posts.

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National Archives of India, New Delhi

The National Archives is by some margin the most extensive historical archive in India, containing a huge amount of material on a wealth of topics related to South Asia. Over the past decades, there has been a centralisation program and entire collections are increasingly being transferred here from various regional archives (such as the Survey … Continue reading National Archives of India, New Delhi

Archives of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, The Philippines

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) holds one of the most important collections of Spanish colonial records in the Philippines. As the first university in the Philippines, established in 1611 by the Dominican religious order, the university archives hold more than 400 years of detailed information not only about the life of the university but … Continue reading Archives of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, The Philippines

Ottoman Prime Ministerial Archives, Istanbul, Turkey

This is a massive archive- especially for anyone working on late Ottoman history, there is a huge deal. For the earlier periods there are better archives (depending on what you focus on) but for anything 18-19-20th century, this is your first port of call in Turkey. Most of the material is in Ottoman Turkish, but … Continue reading Ottoman Prime Ministerial Archives, Istanbul, Turkey

The Women’s Library, London School of Economics, London, UK

The Women’s Library documents all aspects of women’s lives, with an emphasis on women in the UK throughout the great political, economic and social changes of the past 150 years. It includes 60,000 books and pamphlets, 3,000 journal titles, over 500 archives and 5,000 museum objects, including photographs, posters, badges and banners. The strengths of … Continue reading The Women’s Library, London School of Economics, London, UK

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