As well as the rare books and archives held by UCL Special Collections, the Library also subscribes to numerous databases of primary sources (digitised archival material). A primary source is a first-hand expression or evidence of an event or experience. This evidence can be in the form of the written word, images, artefacts, film or sound recordings, and will have been created at some point during the lifetime of the person involved. Using primary sources in your research adds context and credibility to your argument.
The UCL Special Collections Small Press Collections, consisting of Poetry Store, Little Magazines and Alternative Presses, contain numerous mid-twentieth century publications by Black presses, and include poetry and artwork by Black writers and artists as well as magazines produced by activist groups from the 1960s onwards. The collection includes many publications originating from Africa and the Caribbean. The following is a selection.
To search Explore for material in the Small Press Collections, use the term 'smallpress' combined with your chosen keyword(s) and filter to show only those items in Special Collections.
Little Magazines and Alternative Presses:
UCL Library Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. Our holdings span the 4th century to the present day and cover a vast range of subject areas and disciplines. The strengths of the collections include language, literature and poetry from the 15th to the 21st centuries, 20th and 21st century small-press publishing, politics and social policy, History of Science, Mathematics, Latin American history and economics, Hebraica and Judaica, Education, the history of London and the history of UCL.
Anyone with a need to consult our collections is welcome to do so. UCL Special Collections is reference only. It is essential to book in advance to make sure of a reading room place and that the items requested are available. Please contact us at least two weeks before you intend to visit. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate drop-in visits.
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