Exploring subject areas
Over 30 subject guides enable you to explore our Special Collections thematically.
Each guide provides an overview of resources, arranged by topic or period, with links to individual collections in the Special Collections A to Z list.
Collections documenting written culture in Northern Africa, from the ancient world to the 19th century.
Collections on race, ethnicity, migration, social justice and anti-racism activism.
A vast array of printed and archival material on the history, literature and culture of the Americas.
A growing number of major collections on British popular culture and the creative industries.
The world’s largest collection of archives, books and periodicals relating to the Brethren movement.
Diverse collections documenting five centuries of East Asian history and culture.
A wealth of primary sources for the study of Britain’s economic and industrial history.
Outstanding resources for the study of literatures in English from the Middle Ages to today.
Outstanding holdings of Italian and French literature, especially late medieval and early modern.
Many significant family and estate archives and collections of charters, mainly from the North West.
A wealth of material across collections for the study of the history of art and architecture.
Extensive collections for studies of the history of medicine, especially in the Manchester region.
Significant collections in the history of science and technology, from the ancient world to the present.
Major resources for the study of written, visual and print communications over 4000 years.
A growing number of archives documenting humanitarian endeavours from the 1960s onwards.
Highly significant, diverse collections of Hebrew and Jewish manuscripts, archives and printed books.
Diverse material across our collections relating to LGBTQ+ writers and historical figures.
Printed, archival and visual material on local history and genealogy, with a focus on north-west England.
Collections of maps, atlases and travel books with a focus on Manchester but worldwide coverage.
World-leading resources for the history of Methodism in Britain and studies of evangelical religion.
Internationally significant collections of Middle Eastern manuscripts, and printed and archive materials.
Collections on the Napoleonic Wars, British colonialism, 20th-century conflicts and world affairs.
Our Modern Literary Archives are of international importance, especially in recent and contemporary poetry.
A wealth of material for the study of drama and theatre history from the 17th century to today.
Vast holdings documenting all the world’s major religions, including the entire history of Christianity.
Extensive collections recording major social and political developments from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
Internationally significant collections of South Asian manuscripts, and material on South Asian diaspora communities.
Manuscripts covering a wide variety of cultures, languages and scripts, formats and decorative styles.
Archives revealing the University's rich and complex history, and papers of notable individual academics.
Art and historic artefact collections spanning the history of the University and its predecessors.