North-East Repositories II: Record Holdings in the North-East of England for Local & Family Historiansby Michael Southwick. Published by Kingpin, 21 Meldon Way, Hanover Estate, Winlaton, Tyne & Wear NE21 6HJ, England. c. 1998. 76 pp. Maps. Softcover £6 (postage paid).
This is the updated and expanded version of a 1994 publication. It includes information on the location and holdings of more than 50 libraries and archives in Northumberland, County Durham, Cleveland, Tyne & Wear, and Northern North Yorkshire. The introduction to each major collection provides name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, opening hours, parking and public transportation accessibility, booking requirements, availability of disabled access, toilets, refreshments, photocopiers and microfilm and fiche readers. The text continues with a valuable listing of major components in the local collection. The costs and availability of any local research service are included. This latter item is of course extremely valuable to those of us in the US. This is a valuable guide book for anyone researching in the north-east of England.
The same author publishes a quarterly magazine The North-Easterner: Your Guide to Local & Family History in the North-East of England, 64 pages per issue for £10 per year. Write to Kingpin at the above address.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.6 no.1, 1999