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Ashburne Hall Collection

3,000 items.

This includes three special groups of material, the Morley, Toller and Tootal Broadhurst collections.

Many of the items date from the 17th and early 18th centuries, and there is a marked emphasis on the history of England, America and Europe, although the subject range of each collection is wide.

The Morley Collection comprises works on philosophy, theology, political economy and political science, British, European (particularly French) and American history, and literature (Classical, English and European).

The Toller Collection includes historical texts, foreign-language dictionaries and works on literature and theology, while the Tootal Broadhurst Collection contains works of general history, literature and illustrated books.

Finding aids

  • Morley Collection catalogued on cards in the Main Library card catalogue.
  • Toller and Tootal Broadhurst collections recorded in separate card catalogue at Deansgate.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

Some items remain at Ashburne Hall.