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Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives, located in the Templeman Library, houses archival, manuscript, photographic, graphic art, rare books collections, microforms, maps and images relating especially to cartoons and caricature, theatre, wind and water-mills, literature, politics, the history of science and Kent local history.

We seek to preserve and provide access to a wide range of primary resource materials in their original formats to support researchers both within the University of Kent and worldwide.


Carde of the Beacons of Kent

Special Collections

Archival, manuscript, photographic and rare books collections, relating especially to the theatre, mills, Kent local history, literature, politics, and the history of science.
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Tony Blair cartoon

British Cartoon Archive

The national collection of socio-political cartoons from British newspapers and magazines, plus comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books and magazines.
Contact the British Cartoon Archive


Canterbury Cathedral Library

Canterbury Cathedral Library

The Cathedral Library has a close partnership with the University's Special Collections and Archives. Its collections, which date back to the 15th century, are included in LibrarySearch


UK online archives

  • A2A: Access to Archives: catalogues of archives in England and Wales from the 8th century to the present
  • Archives Hub: a national gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges
  • Location Register of 20th century English literary manuscripts and letters

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Last Updated: 13/12/2016