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Family and Local History records at Durham University Library

Image of the crowd and procession at a Durham Miners' Gala, [1920s].

Welcome to This site will contain links to our resources, guides and projects that are most likely to be useful for those undertaking family history and also local history research, or wanting to study individuals and families from the archives held by Durham University Library. Among Durham University Library's Special Collections can be found many historical records highly prized by family and local historians. These manuscript archives, as well as an extensive printed local history collection, are freely accessible to all - not just to students. The collection is held within the library at Palace Green, overlooked by the city's awe-inspiring cathedral. The Special Collections staff are very happy to answer your questions and facilitate your research in any way they can. The collection contains diocesan, family, and antiquarian collections dating from the medieval to modern times and covers both County Durham and Northumberland, as well as certain parts of neighbouring counties. Most of the following highlights have been selected for their accessibility for, as well as their popularity with genealogists and local historians, but there also are one or two lesser-used collections that may be new discoveries for readers.