Browse the online catalogues for our Library and Museum Collections
There are several online catalogues and search tools to the Library and Museum Collections, which are listed below. Other catalogues and handlists to our library and museum collections are available in the Library at Burlington House.
Online Library Catalogue
- all books, ephemeral publications and offprints held by the Library
- all periodical titles held by the Library
- circa 20,000 periodical articles catalogued between August 1988 and 2000
Library Subject Index
The online index is based on scanned images of the Subject Index cards, searchable by subject heading.
This index on circa 570,000 cards contains references to all books and periodical articles accessioned by the Library until 1988 (when we moved to electronic cataloguing). Though it has to be pointed out that journal article coverage from the 1970s onwards is selective (rather than comprehensive). To locate the Index citations in the Library, the user has to retrieve the required (book or periodical) title from the Society’s online library catalogue.
The special value of the Subject Index lies in its coverage of older periodical literature. A detailed description of the history of the Subject Index and how the Index relates to the Library’s main catalogue is given under About the Index; notes on how to search the Index are under Help.
Manuscripts and Archives
The collection of just over 1,020 manuscripts ranges in date from the tenth to the twentieth centuries, and relate especially to antiquities, local history and heraldry. Notable items include the twelfth-century Winton Domesday, the finely illuminated Lindsey Psalter of the thirteenth century, a copy of the third version of the Magna Carta of 1255, and the 1547 inventory of Henry VIII.
Records of our manuscript collections are available through the National Archives Access to Archives.
Online catalogue of drawings and museum objects
The online catalogue contains a selection of drawings and museum objects, but is not comprehensive. There are over 4,100 entries of which 2,000 entries have images attached. The drawings have been taken from albums compiled in rough subject divisions in the 1840s.
It also includes over 600 objects from the Society's museum collection.
All the paintings on display at Burlington House and at Kelmscott Manor can be viewed on the Art UK website.