UCL Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. It includes fine collections of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, notably from the C.K. Ogden Collection and Graves Library, as well as significant holdings of 18th century works, and highly important 19th and 20th century collections of personal papers, archival material, and literature, covering a vast range of subject areas, notably Latin American archives, Jewish collections and the George Orwell Archive.
The Special Collections at the Institute of Education Library contain a wide range of resources related to comparative and international education.
The Comparative Education collection which is an amalgamation of two separate departmental libraries at the Institute of Education: the Comparative Education Department Library and the Department of Education in Tropical Areas Library. This collection consists of books and pamphlets from all over the world, mainly from the period 1900-1980.
The Hans Collection is a collection of materials bequeathed to the Institute by Dr. Nicholas Hans, and the collection is primarily focused upon comparative education and education in Europe.
The Lauwerys Collection is a collection of materials bequeathed to the Institute by Professor Joseph Lauwerys. A Professor of Comparative Education, Director of the Atlantic Institute, he was an editor of the World Education Yearbook for nearly 20 years.
The Institute of Education Archives also hold the papers of Joseph Lauwerys, Nicholas Hans, and Sir Fred Clarke - an influential figure in the development of colonial and comparative education.
Access to all of the materials described above is on a reference only basis and by prior arrangement with the Special Collections Librarian. In some cases the materials described in these collections have not been catalogued. Please contact the Institute of Education Library in the first instance.
UCL Special Collections is reference only. In order to use the collections, you need to book an appointment: at least two weeks prior to the date of your proposed visit. Please do not make any travel or accommodation arrangements until we have confirmed your appointment. We are not able to accommodate drop-in visits. See the Visiting Us Special Collection page for more information.
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