First modern catalogue for the St Albans Borough Archive now available

The catalogue of over 9,000 items is searchable online

By Jonathan Mein

The St Albans Borough Archive is an important and extensive collection of over 9,500 items relating to the city's history dating from the medieval period to the late 20th century. Using the collection has proved frustrating as the  key finding aid produced by William Le Hardy in the 1940s does not match the standard of modern catalogues.

Help is now at hand. The archivists at Herts Archives & Local Studies (HALS), where the collection is held, have published a new catalogue - and the good news is that it is available online. Moreover, new material uncovered during the process has been added to the catalogue (for example, the 1924 Housing Survey papers highlighted in the Society's May 2017 newsletter).

To search the collection, click here for HALS's online catalogue, then click on 'Advanced Search'. In the boxes enter your search term under 'Any Text'. Don't forget to add 'SBR' under 'HALSRefNo'. This term ensures you will only search the Borough archive.

If you find something of interest, please contact HALS to arrange a time to view the material.

Phone 0300 123 4049 or

We recommend you contact them at least 24 hours in advance of your proposed visit as the collection is stored off-site.

There will be more about this in the August newsletter. In the meantime, hats off to Gary Moyle and his colleagues at HALS.

NOTE: A talk by Gary Moyle, Archivist, about the collection is planned for 7.30pm on 26 September at St Albans Library. Tickets (£5) are available from the library’s website.

This page was added by Jonathan Mein on 27/06/2017.

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