Archive books

WISE is home to a growing library and archive of books and materials (including electronic collections) relating to slavery past and present. These are primarily intended for students and academics, but subject to negotiation access may be possible to other users. We welcome sponsorship for purchasing new acquisitions to the library and archive.

  • At WISE
  • Electronic Archive
  • Other sites


Resources available include:

Facilities available include a study room with IT facilities. There is an IT suite on the ground floor. The Library has two microform readers, including a reader/printer.

Books cannot be borrowed from the Library but researchers are welcome to use them anywhere in the building. Photocopying facilities are also available on request.

Wherever possible, we offer researchers individual desk space and the use of all the facilities in the Institute, including access to a small kitchen for tea and coffee. We cannot offer accommodation but a list of suitable housing is available on request from Rebecca Bloomfield.

Academic staff associated with WISE have offices in the Institute and are available to meet with researchers, although appointments are sometimes necessary.

For further details about resources available and how to organise a research visit please contact Rebecca Bloomfield or John Oldfield.

Electronic Archive

A core part of the mission of WISE is the protection, preservation, and international dissemination of archive and other materials relating to the history and contemporary aspects of slavery and emancipation. Research by scholars associated with WISE has already resulted in the creation of a number of electronic archives as well as collections of material in microfilm, microfiche and other formats. We expect this work to remain a core activity of WISE and to produce an ever-growing archival resource within the Institute.

We also anticipate working with others to protect and preserve documentary and other materials deemed at risk and to maximise accessibility to all slavery-related materials. WISE will thus steadily become a central national and international resource for material on both historical and contemporary aspects of slavery.

For further information on the archive and related work of WISE open the following documents:

WISE Microform Library

Other sites

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