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Photographic and other Special Collections in the Library of Birmingham

Collections in the Library of Birmingham have been designated as outstanding collections by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Library of Birmingham also holds one of the National Collections of Photography.

Digital images from the collections are on the new website at www.libraryofbirmingham.com/collections.
This includes prints, negatives, lantern slides, books illustrated with original photographic prints and photo-mechanical reproductions, photographic books and periodicals, and non-photographic literature. The collections are not housed as single corporate body of material, but are arranged by subject in six subject information departments.

Archives, Heritage and Photography Service

Birmingham Corporation and City Council Collection

Birmingham Improvement Scheme Collection

Birmingham Wartime Photographs

British and Foreign Topographic Collections

Buffalo Bill Collection

Ernest Dyche Collection

Francis Bedford Collection

Harold Baker Collection

Birmingham Industrial Exhibition (1886) Collection

Lantern Slides Collection

Photographic Album Collection

Photographic Portrait Collection

Sir Benjamin Stone Collection

Victoria Law Courts Collection

Warwickshire Photographic Survey

William Jerome Harrison Collection

William Smedley Aston Collection

Bellis & Morcom Collection

Bernard Moore Archive

Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association Collection

Birmingham Photographic Society Archive

Birmingham Photographic Society Permanent Collection

Boulton & Watt Collection

Bournville Village Trust Archive

BSA Archive

Cadbury Archive

Helen Caddick Archive

Metro-Cammell Archive

Midland Counties Photographic Federation

Pogus Caesar/OOM Gallery Archive

The Vanley Burke Archive


Social Sciences

The Railway Collection

Science Library

Patents Library (Historical)

Arts, Language and Literature

Barry Jackson & Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Early and Fine Printing Collection

Henry Southwell Eades Collection

Shakespeare Collection

Willoughby Gullachsen Collection


Glossary of Photographic Terms
Digital Birmingham Photo Archive
Digital Handsworth Project