MEMS subject guide



Relevant Library collections

Special Collections

This contains a modest collection of several hundred Early Printed Books published before 1701 and a small amount of manuscript material. The Maddison Collection of the History of Science contains a wealth of material, including the Library's only incunabula. The Crow Collection of English Literature to 1700 brings together about 1500 literary texts, many being scarce 19th century editions which are still of relevance, and with a particular emphasis on ballad literature.

The Special Collections reading room is on Level 4 East of the Templeman Library, and material can be consulted there by appointment. Visit the Special Collections website for full information.

Material in the Microform Collection

The Microform Collection on Level 2 Centre contains the important collection Three Centuries of Drama, covering English and American Plays, 1500-1830. This includes copies of all English plays published in this period and is an invaluable supplement to the printed texts on the open shelves. The catalogue of the collection, Three Centuries of English and American Plays: a checklist, is shelved at ZPD 623.

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Canterbury Cathedral Library

The Templeman Library has close links with Canterbury Cathedral Library and students have access to the Cathedral's archives and printed books. The Cathedral Library's holdings are included in the University of Kent Library catalogue.

The Cathedral Library contains about 30,000 books and pamphlets printed before 1900, and an expanding collection of over 20,000 books and journals published in the 20th and 21st centuries. It has particularly strong holdings in church history, theology, national and local history, travel, natural science, medicine and the anti-slavery movement.

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The Slide Collection contains several thousand slides of illustrations from medieval illuminated MSS and books of hours.

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Last Updated: 03/07/2012