Special Collections

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 archive centreThe Keep Archive centre. Copyright James Pike

Special Collections, including the Mass Observation Archive is now housed at The Keep, a short walk away from the University campus.

The Keep is a world-class centre for archives which houses the University of Sussex Special Collections alongside the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections. It is also a centre of excellence for conservation and preservation and represents the new generation of archive buildings in the UK. 

The Keep opened in 2013 and a new website with access to catalogues for all its collections is available on  The Keep's website. You can also register 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 available for browsing via the search box below.

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Special Collections on Twitter

Special Collections of the University of Sussex at The Keep: home to the Mass Observation Archive, the papers of Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling and many more.

RT @AttenboroughCtr: It's a pleasure to announce Laura McDermott as our first Creative Director. Find out more on @TheStage here...…

RT @MassObsArchive: Interested in commissioning a MOP Directive? Come along to our event on 24 June

RT @TheKeepArchives: Magnus Volk – engineer, inventor, creator of Volk’s Railway and the Daddy Long Legs – died #onthisday in 1937

RT @MassObsArchive: Our latest acquisition is a diary written for MO in 1940, but has only just been sent to us!

The Leonard Woolf Symposium 2015 is on this Sunday; a must for anyone with an interest in this fascinating man.…

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