The University of Sussex holds a number of internationally acclaimed archival, manuscript and rare book collections, mostly relating to twentieth-century literary, political and social history. Our special collections include the papers of Rudyard Kipling, the New Statesman Archive, a series of collections relating to the Bloomsbury Group, including the Monks House Papers (Virginia Woolf), and over 60 other manuscript collections. The Mass-Observation Archive contains the papers of the social research organisation of the 1930s and 40s and continues to collect new material in the present day. We also hold the University’s own archival and administrative records.
Special Collections at The Keep
The Keep (CGI © F10 Studios Ltd 2010)
Special Collections, including the Mass Observation Archive is now housed at The Keep, a short walk away from the University campus.
During Summer 2013 Special Collections, including the Mass Observation Archive, moved from the University Library to its new home at The Keep, a purpose built home for the archives and collections from the University of Sussex, East Sussex County Record Office and Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove.
The Keep is now open for research and a new website with access to catalogues for all its collections is available at www.thekeep.info. You can also resgister for a Reader's Ticket, book a seat and pre-order items to view at The Keep via this website. Our catalogues are also still availble for browisng via the search box below.
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The online catalogue contains collection and item level descriptions relating to the holdings of the University of Sussex Special Collections.