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Digital collections

Digital collections

We have both born-digital and digitised collections here at the Modern Records Centre. Born digital records are those which are created in a digital format in a physical format. We are starting to make these available via our catalogue. However many of these collections are recent and have access restrictions on them which means we cannot put them online. A small proportion of our physical collections have been digitised and are accessible to researchers online. The vast majority of our holdings, however, are not available in a digital format, and in most cases it will be necessary to visit us in order to undertake any detailed research.

Module resources:

The Archive Vault

A selection of primary sources which support the following undergraduate modules: A Comparative History of the First World War, 1912-1923; Britain in the 20th century; Feminism, Politics, and Social Change in Modern Britain; Gandhi and Indian Nationalism; Governing Britain; History of France; History of Germany; Racism and Xenophobia; Social Welfare in Britain; War and Economy in the Twentieth Century.

International events:

Trabajadores: The Spanish Civil War through the eyes of organised labour

More than 14,000 pages of archives about the Spanish Civil War, together with useful background information on the conflict.

The Russian Revolution and Britain, 1917-1928

Primary sources relating to the relationship between the two countries in the decade following the Russian Revolution, particularly regarding the response of the British labour movement.

Chile Solidarity

More than 200 documents relating to the Chilean Solidarity movement (mostly in Britain) after General Pinochet's military coup in 1973.

First World War 100: conflict and commemoration

100 documents digitised to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict. From the soldier on the front line to the imprisoned conscientious objector, the woman worker to the wounded ex-serviceman, the sources provide an insight into the far-reaching effects of four years of 'total war' on Britain and its society.

From Easter Rising to Civil War: Ireland, 1916-1922

A selection of postcards, photographs, illustrated booklets and reports on the Easter Rising of 1916, the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.

British events and society:

Selected sources on British healthcare, 1900-1948

Primary sources relating to British healthcare before the foundation of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948. The collection focuses particularly on the debate over how the health of the nation should be managed and the campaign for a state-run health service.

The 'Sweated Trades': Working life in the early 20th century

Primary sources on work in 'sweatshop' industries during the early 20th century, including documents relating to conditions of women workers. This collection is in the process of being digitised - more will be added over the next year.

Reporting the General Strike, 1926: Contemporary accounts of "The Nine Day Wonder"

Newspapers, bulletins, reports, transcripts of news broadcasts, and other sources on the British General Strike.

Inside: Photographing prison life in the early 20th century

Small collection of photographs of UK and US prisons from the archives of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Developing LEO: The world's first business computer

Small collection of documents relating to the pioneering Lyons Electronic Office (LEO), developed by the British company J. Lyons & Co. Ltd. between 1947 and 1954.

The National Cycle Archive

Selection of diaries and lantern slides of cycling tours in Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Warwickshire political ephemera, 1774-1874

Broadsides, polemics, notices, songs and other parliamentary election ephemera for Warwickshire constituencies (including the Borough of Warwick) between 1774-1874. A joint digitisation project with Warwickshire County Record Office.


Henry Sara's lantern lectures

More than 1,500 lantern slides used to illustrate public talks on a range of social, political and historical subjects during the 1920s and 1930s, including on the Russian Revolution and conditions in the Soviet Union, the 1927 Chinese revolution and civil war, the French Revolution, the Paris Commune, the British General Strike, imperialism, and recent Irish and German history.

The broadcasts of Richard Crossman

As a Labour backbench MP and later as a Cabinet Minister, Crossman was a regular broadcaster and guest speaker covering a wide range of topics of national and international political and social interest. These transcripts include talks on Germany and the rise of Hitler and fascism, British domestic politics, post war European recovery and the politics of the Middle East and Israel. Most date from 1934-1964.



Newspaper / journal of the Fire Brigades Union, 1932-2001.

The Railway Review

Weekly newspaper of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants. The following editions are online in full: July 1880-Dec 1881; Jan-Dec 1884; Jan-Dec 1885; Jan-Dec 1890; Apr 1891-Dec 1892. The newspaper's First World War cartoons are also available.

University of Warwick Archives:

University of Warwick prospectuses and handbooks

Undergraduate prospectuses, 1965-2006, and student handbooks, 1966-1996.

The Warwick Boar

The Boar, founded in 1973, is the student newspaper of the University of Warwick. Editions between 1973-1991 have been digitised and are available online. The Boar was preceded by two other student papers called "Giblet", 1965-1967, and "Campus", 1967-1973, which are also included in this digitised collection.

Family history:

Trade union membership records

Selected membership records digitised by Findmypast (free to search, charges apply to view images and transcripts).

First World War Rolls of Honour

Selected First World War rolls of honour and records of service digitised by Findmypast (free to search, charges apply to view images and transcripts).