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Edward Freeman Printed Collection

6,500 items (dispersed).

The library of Edward Augustus Freeman (1823–1892), the 19th-century historian and commentator on a vast range of political and social issues, constituted the foundation of Owens College Library’s history holdings when it was acquired by the Whitworth Legatees in 1892.

The collection is especially rich in medieval history, and played a significant role in the development of the 'Manchester History School’.

See also the Edward Freeman papers.

Finding aids

  • Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.
  • James Tait, Catalogue of the Freeman Library presented to the Owens College by the legatees of the late Sir Joseph Whitworth, Bart (Manchester, 1894).


Main Library

Using the reading room in the Main Library

A small amount can be found at .