Archive and Research Collections

Information Services and Systems hold historical research collections of international importance.  The unique and diverse collections support research and teaching in the university and range in scope from rare books and archives to oral history records and pamphlets.  The collections are held in Special Collections and the Richard Burton Archives within the Library and Information Centre and South Wales Miners' Library.  The collections are open to the public.

  • The Library holds a Rare Books collection, containing over 1,700 printed books and pamphlets from 1473 to the present.  There are about 60 books printed before 1600, about 430 printed in the 17th century (such as finely illustrated editions of Camden's Brittanica) and over 550 from the 18th century. 
  • The Richard Burton Archives hold over 1.6 kilometers of material relating to the rich industrial, cultural and social heritage of Wales. These historic items, documents and photographs contribute to the learning, teaching and research of the University. The Archives are open to all.
  • The South Wales Miners' Library was established by the University College of Swansea in 1973, to house material collected by the South Wales Coalfield History Project, including posters, banners, oral history tapes and many books rescued from miners' institute libraries.
  • There are a number of Special Collections of books, such as the recently donated Allan Milne Collection, held in Stores in the Library and Information Centre.