Royal Commonwealth Society Library

Repository code: GB 0115
Address: Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Postcode: CB3 9DR
Telephone: 01223 333146
Enquiries: The Smuts Librarian for South Asian and Commonwealth Studies
Strengths: The Royal Commonwealth Society Library, originally known as the library of the Colonial Society, was established in 1868 "to provide a meeting place for gentlemen interested in colonial and Indian affairs". Its collections relate to the British Empire, the Commonwealth and member countries. The library contains approximately 300,000 printed items and over 70,000 photographs. It is arranged into the following constituent collections: Manuscripts (of which 48 collections relate largely to Asia), Photographs (thousands of which depict Asian subjects), Official Publications, Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals (339 titles are published in or relate primarily to Asia), Artefacts and the Society's Business Archive. Its chief missionary-related collection is the Photographic Collection of the Church Missionary Society.
Mundus collections: 2
Access conditions: Readers ticket required.
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