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SSEES Area Guide to Central Europe

SSEES Library Archive Collections

The UCL SSEES Library holds over 200 archive collections. Most of them are fairly small collections, many contain material in a Slavonic language and quite a few contain or consist solely of photographs. All of the collections come from individuals or organisations with a connection to the areas studied by the School.

The Library holdings include archive collections of significant importance for the study of Czechoslovak history. The items of exceptional value include the correspondence and papers of Professor R.W. Seton-Watson; Jan Garrigue Masaryk’s papers; Karel Lisický’s papers on Czechoslovak foreign relations 1915-1948; photographic slides taken by Professor F.W. Carter during the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Photographs from Frank Carter collection exhibited in SSEES Masaryk Common Room

Visiting SSEES Library Archive Collections

Access to the majority of archive collections is unrestricted and they can be consulted in the Library without special permission, although we prefer users to make an appointment in advance. A number of collections are accessible only after a formal application and the acceptance of special conditions.

To arrange an archives appointment, contact Please provide brief details of your research and specify exactly which archive materials you wish to consult.

Search UCL Archives

Search the catalogues for collections held across:

  • UCL Special Collections comprising UCL Archives, UCL Records and the Institute of Education (IOE);
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES);
  • Queen Square Archives comprising the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH) and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.

UCL 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.

Visiting UCL 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.