The Cope Collection includes a range of printed primary sources for the history of Hampshire, and in particular, Southampton.
The series of directories, guidebooks and newspapers begin in the late eighteenth century, with the arrival of the first local printers and for the earlier period there are the publications of local record societies which contain transcripts or summaries of documents held in local record offices. Visual sources include prints, drawings, photographs and postcards.
On the Local History Primary Sources pages you can find information on local holdings and electronic access for each type of source.
Local record societies publish texts and calendars or summaries of documents held in local record offices.
The older publications of both the Hampshire Record Society and the Southampton Record Society concentrate on the early modern period, but the subsequent series include documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Hampshire Record Society publications are shelved at Cope 06, Southampton Record Society at SOU 06 and Portsmouth Record Series at q POR 06.
Hartley Library Local record society publications for other parts of the country are shelved at DA 670-DA 690. The publications of all record societies are listed in E.L.C. Mullins Texts and Calendars (1958, 1983) Hist Ref DA 20, with updates provided by the Royal Historical Society.
Published editions of documents held in the National Archives provide information on relations between central government and local communities and individuals.
Most of the published texts and calendars are of administrative, judicial and financial records for the early modern period, although in some cases e.g. Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, coverage extends to the eighteenth century.
Issues covered include grants of land and privileges, appointments to office and payments for writs.
The publications listed in British National Archives (HMSO Sectional list no.24) are shelved at Hist. S. DA 25.C2C4 to DA 25.C3S in the History Sources section in the Special Collections Open Access area on level 4.
British National Archives itself is shelved at Hist S. DA 25.
Record Society Publications
British National Archives