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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Here you can find answers to the questions we are most commonly asked about our archives and special collections.

  • We’re on the lower ground floor of the Davison building. See our campus map.
  • If you’d like to speak to the Archivist, please call or email in advance.
  • To book our reading room, see information on using the archives.
  • Copies of documents can be ordered through us for a fee, but only if they are not too fragile, bound volumes, or too large for our photocopier or scanner.
  • If you let us know in advance, you may use your own digital camera/phone to take pictures of documents that we cannot copy for you (i.e. if they are bound volumes or above A3 size for photocopying, or A4 for digital scanning).
  • Copies must always be cited with their reference numbers and acknowledgement made to RHUL Archives.
  • You can find out more information about copying documents here.
  • We can answer brief enquiries (about 30 minutes’ research time)  by phone or email.
  • For more in-depth research, you’ll need to pay us to do further research (you can pay via our online shop) or contact a freelance researcher.

These are not available from our archives. Please see our information on certifying letters for past students.

These are not available from our archives. Please see our information on certifying letters for past students.

Please read our tips on searching the catalogue. If you are still unable to find something, please contact us and we’ll try to help.

Please contact us to discuss whether the records are suitable for donation. Due to limited space, we cannot accept: duplicates or publications etc that we already have

  • Anything not closely related to Royal Holloway’s history or our existing collections.
  • We do not have a budget for purchasing records.

We have some records relating to Surrey but you are advised to contact Surrey History Centre who hold the County archives. Their contact details are:

Surrey History Centre,
130 Goldsworth Road,
Surrey GU21 6ND

Tel: 01483 518737

Please contact us to discuss your plans. All images used must be cited correctly and acknowledged as being from Royal Holloway archives.

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Write to us at:
College Archives and Special Collections
Davison Building
Royal Holloway, University of London
TW20 0EX

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