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Record Repositories in Great Britain: A Geographical Directory by The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London. 9th edition, second impression 1992 £3.50

This slim book lists those institutions within the United Kingdom (this includes, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands) who systematically collect and preserve written records and which make regular provision for their use by the public.

The institutions concerned fall in to four main categories: (1) National record offices and libraries financed directly by central government funds; (2) Local record offices and libraries financed by local government authorities; (3) University and college libraries and departments financed mainly through central government funds; (4) Special libraries and archives supported by privately or charitably endowed societies and institutions.

The institutions are arranged in this order within each county. The county structure used in this book is the current one, ie. since the 1975 county restructuring.

The listing for each institution includes: name, address, telephone and fax numbers, name of the archivist or librarian, hours of opening; listing of specialized services that they may provide, and titles of any guides to the holdings of the institutions.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.2 no.1, 1995