School of Oriental and African Studies Library

Repository code: GB 0102
Address: Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London
Postcode: WC1H 0XG
Telephone: 020 7898 4180
Fax: 020 7898 4189
Enquiries: The Archivist
Strengths: The School of Oriental and African Studies Library holds an important and expanding collection of archives and manuscripts relating to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Two thirds of these comprise archives and papers documenting the activities of a number of major British missionary societies, and of individual missionaries, making the SOAS the leading resource centre in the United Kingdom for mission studies. Missionary archives held include those of major missionary societies such as the Council for World Mission (formerly the London Missionary Society) the Methodist Missionary Society, the China Inland Missionary, the Conference of British Missionary Societies, as well as the papers of many individual missionaries. Holdings include around 35,000 missionary photographs and many thousands of published works relating to missionary work and mission history, including missionary magazines and published annual reports.
Mundus collections: 162
Access conditions: Use of the Archives is restricted to those holding a Library or Archives ticket. A free Library (reference) ticket is available to visiting academic staff and UK PhD and MPhil students provided they bring evidence of their academic status eg an institutional ID card. Other researchers, including students from other institutions, and private researchers, can apply for a free Archives ticket but you will need a letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor or the organisation whose archive you wish to consult. The printed book collections can be consulted by holders of all tickets, including Day ticket holders. For further information see the SOAS Archives and Special Collections pages on membership. Archives, manuscripts, rare books and theses can only be seen in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Opening hours: The Special Collections Reading Room (SCRR) is open from 09.00 -17.00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The SCRR is closed on Wednesday and weekends.