Academic archives

This guide was last updated in 2011

Liverpool University Library houses the archive of the Gypsy Lore Society.

Based in Liverpool from 1907 to 1973, the Society published its members’ researches in the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society (digitised by the Hathi Trust, with the online version featuring detailing searchable name indexes).

To help provide access to the Society’s unpublished material, Liverpool University Library has made a collection of name packs providing copies of photographs, notes towards family trees, and press cuttings. “Researchers cannot expect to find nice, neat family trees”, says Liverpool’s Katy Hooper, “but the packs can provide a fascinating snapshot of the contacts between the Society and Romany families”.

There are over 30 name packs covering names such as Ayres, Birch, Buckley, Doe, Gaskin, Lock and Loveridge available. For a full list of names and details on how to obtain them contact Katy Hooper via the website.

This and the Brotherton Collection at Leeds University, which includes an important Romany Collection, are the two principal collections in the UK. But check out the Robert Dawson collection at the University of Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life or, if you are looking for Showmen, the National Fairground Archive at Sheffield University.


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