Empire Studies

Research Source

Empire Studies offers a rich array of sources for the study of the British Empire.

The collection includes material on British colonial policy and government; perspectives on life in British colonies; the relationship between gender and empire; race; and class.

Sources include government and official records, personal papers and diaries, rare periodicals, and conference proceedings.

What collections are included in this module? 

  • Empire and Commonwealth: Archives of the Royal Commonwealth Society from Cambridge University Library
  • Convict Transportation and the Metropolis: The Letterbooks and Papers of Duncan Campbell (1726-1803) from the State Library of New South Wales
  • The Empire Writes Back: Part Two- Black and Asian visitors to Britain, 1734-1942
  • African and Colonial Journals: Part Three- Colonial Enterprise, Review of the Mines, Manufacturers & Industries of Greater Britain, 1984-1899
  • Sex and Gender: Manuscript Sources from the National Archives
  • Australia: Colonial Life and Settlement: The Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1825, from the State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales
  • Empire and Colonial Administration: The Papers of Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1804) and Family from the State Library of New South Wales
  • Plantation Life in the CaribbeanPart 1: Jamaica c.1765-1848: The Taylor and Vanneck-Arcedekne Papers from Cambridge University Library and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

Key Data


  • 2019

Period Covered

  • 1930-1955


  • British Empire
  • Industry and empire
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Suffrage and women’s rights
  • Policy and governance
  • Colonial life
  • Convict transportation
  • Travel writing

Material Types

  • Government files
  • Personal writings, diaries and journals
  • Correspondence
  • Conference proceedings
  • Rare books
  • Periodicals