Archive collections

We hold a number of historical archives and library special collections that cover:

  • History of BME communities in Manchester
  • History of race relations in the UK
  • 1960s - present day

Below is a list of collections that are fully catalogued and available for researchers to access. Download the collection catalogue (pdf) for a detailed list of what is in each collection. Most PDF readers include a search function that will allow you to look for specific content.

You can also browse our growing digital collection within the University of Manchester Library.

Please note we need 24 hours notice to retrieve items from the archive.


Ann Adeyemi collection (biographical collection)

Collection catalogue (pdf)
The Ann Adeyemi Collection: A fascinating family history


Ananna: Manchester Bangladeshi Women's Organisation collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Badges collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Badges collection online


Basic Education through Storytelling Project collection (Manchester community organisation)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Papers of Beresford Edwards -v- Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (legal papers)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


British Fascism and Anti-Fascism collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Carnival collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Carnival! The Greatest Free Show in Manchester


Cheetham Hill Advice Centre collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Papers of the Commission for Racial Equality

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Commission for Racial Equality publications

Digital collection


Commemorating the Partition of India (a campaign collection)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Dashera Diwali photographic collection

Collection overview (pdf)


Early Africans in Manchester collection (photographs and interviews)

Collection overview (pdf)


Elouise Edwards collection (Manchester community campaigns and organisations)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Papers of Farhat Khan (anti-deportation campaign)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Forgotten Soldiers (project archive by Alchemy Arts, a Manchester arts and media organisation)

Collection overview (pdf)


Home. Different journeys, One Life (oral History project by Limelight, a housing trust community hub)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


The Hulme Study (1990s urban regeneration)

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Hulme and the Nightmare Scenario blog post


Institute of Race Relations collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Institute of Race Relations Newspaper collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Hidden Depths blog post


Irish in the UK material

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Kanta Walker collection (Manchester community organisations)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Legacy of Ahmed project archive (remembering Ahmed Iqbal Ullah and his legacy)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Locita Brandy collection (biographical collection)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Lou Kushnick collection (U.S and U.K politics research)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Macdonald Inquiry Papers (death of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Manchester BME Communities collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Bending the Rules blog post


Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)
The Manchester Refugee Support Network archive: A right to history


Manchester Ukrainian Community collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Malik Bakht collection (biographical collection)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Marilyn Cuffy collection (Manchester community organisations)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Memories of Partition Project Archive (oral history project)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Moss Side Parents Centre and Education Shop collection (Manchester community organisation)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


New York Teachers' Strike collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Northern Carnival Against the Nazi's collection (posters and badges)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Pan-African Congress 1945 and Related Celebratory Events 1982-1995 collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Pan-African Congress 50 Years On (oral history interviews)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Posters collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Project 81 Films (remembering the Moss Side riots)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Robert Moore Papers (research on race and immigration)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Rainbow Noir (LGBTQI social and peer support group for people of colour)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Roots Oral History Project

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Scientific Racism collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Sikh Family History Project Revisited (A reminiscence of the original 1980s Sikh Family History Project)

Collection catalogue (pdf)


Stephen Lawrence newspaper collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)
The Crucial Hours: The Stephen Lawrence newspaper cuttings collection


Steve Cohen collection (anti-deportation campaigns)

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Anti-deportation posters on Flickr
Viraj Mendis is Our Friend! blog post


Southern Voices collection (Manchester community organisation)

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Southern Voices Project archive collection


Tandana collection (Asian Youth Movements)

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Asian Youth Movements Archive: Reflections on re-engaging with personal history


Tracing the Heritage Of Zimbabweans Living In Manchester project collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)


U.S. Civil Rights collection

Collection catalogue (pdf)
Archiving our US Civil Rights material


Voices of Kosovo (Manchester community collection)

Collection catalogue (pdf)