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Comparative and International Education

Special Collections

UCL 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 vaste 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.

Special Collections: Comparative and International Education

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.

Accessing Special Collections: Comparative and International 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.

Visiting Special Collections

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.