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Harleian Collection of Manuscripts

Location: Microfilm DA 26 H3


The Harleian Collection was one of the finest of the great collections brought together in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It formed one of the basic collections at the inauguration of the British Museum. This collection is a catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum and contains the most important volumes selected from volumes 35-736 of the Harleian Manuscripts. Included are papers for the history of Parliament and its relations with the Crown. The documents include speeches, legislation, political trials and cases at Star Chamber and Chancey. Commercial and foreign trade are central to the collection, as well as items from Walsingham’s correspondence and a series of foreign newsletters from 1563-1570. It also contains indexes of persons, places and matters (four volumes) filmed complete on the first two reels of part one. 

How to search the collection

All of the Hakluyt Society Publications owned by Pickler Memorial Library are cataloged in Truman’s Library Catalog . You can search for them in the Library Catalog by author, title, subject and keyword. 

Read the series line of the Library Catalog record. There you will find the microfiche card number that you need in order to find material in the Hakluyt Society Publications collection. (Cabinet 17 Drawer 10.)


Each reel has a reel guide and Reels 1-2 index the whole set. Reel 1 contains “A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum. Volumes 1-3099” and Reel 2 contains “A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum. Volumes 3100-7656” as well as the index of persons, places and principal matters.

For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- Catalogs.

Great Britain -- History -- Sources.

Great Britain -- History -- Sources -- Bibliography

Time Period: 16th Century   17th Century  

Subject keywords: Great Britain - History