The Archive

The archive of historian Raphael Samuel was deposited at the Bishopsgate Institute in 1998. The collection now consists of around 700 boxes detailing the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most notable historians. At present, around 450 boxes are available for consultation immediately at the Institute and the other 220 are held in outside storage and may be consulted at one week's notice. The full catalogue of the collection can be accessed by using our the Advanced Search function of our online catalogue and entering the reference code 'SAMUEL'.

The contents of the collection include:

  • Working papers on the heritage of East London.
  • Doctoral notes on the Victorian Poor.
  • Papers regarding Samuel's contribution to Michael Young's sociological research on family and kinship in Bethnal Green.
  • Records, oral history recordings and correspondence gathered whilst compiling East End Underworld, the life story of East End criminal and Barnardos boy Arthur Harding.
  • Printed and manuscript material, including notes, correspondence, publication drafts, photographs, slides, pamphlets, annotated newspaper and journal extracts gathered in research for all of Samuel's major publications, including Theatres of Memory and Island Stories, along with contributions to many edited volumes.

Note on the Catalogue
Records marked Open may be consulted in the Reading Room of the Bishopsgate Institute's Special Collections and Archives without prior notification. Records marked Apply To Archivist must be ordered with at least one week's notice.