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Our Collections

We are responsible for the care and storage of the early College Records as well as other archival collections and manuscripts which have been acquired over the years.

All of our collections are bound by one common factor, their relevance to the history, people and topography of North Wales. However, their subject areas are wide ranging and are of national as well as local historical interest.

The holdings of the Archives Department can be split into 3 groups

College Records

The records of the University form a vast percentage of the holdings of the Archives Department. They vary greatly in format, from correspondence, plans, photographs, postcards, printed ephemera, programmes, to newspaper cuttings, brochures, prints, minutes. They touch upon such subjects as the University buildings, various funds, staff members, clubs and societies, concerts, strikes and protests, halls of residence, conferences, scholarships etc. They also range in date from before the establishment of the University, 1880's, to the 1980's.

Archival Collections a.k.a. Special Collections

These consist mostly of estate and family papers from the counties of Anglesey, Caernarfon, Flint, Denbigh and Merioneth; although there are collections of papers of various University professors and lecturers, historians, antiquaries, farmers, businessmen and ministers. Also, papers of local attorneys and solicitors, records of plantations in Jamaica and the West Indies, and hunting records. They date from the 12th century to the present day. Click here for a list of all 79 collections.

General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

A miscellaneous collection of papers in various formats. Literary, historical and antiquarian records of religious and educational bodies; records of ownership of land and property; personal and family archives, farming and agricultural records, records of a political nature, genealogical records, etc. They date from the late 12th century to the present day.

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