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The Huntingdonshire Collection is based at Huntingdon Library and Archives with satellite collections at St Neots and St Ives libraries.

The Huntingdonshire Collection contains over 3000 books and pamphlets. Historical material relates to the old county of Huntingdonshire while current material covers the District of Huntingdonshire.

Within the main collection are two smaller special collections: the Pepys Collection relating to Samuel Pepys, and the Little Gidding Collection relating to Nicholas Ferrar and the community at Little Gidding.

It also houses the Cromwell collection, one of the most comprehensive collections of material on Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War outside academic circles, comprising the Cromwell Association Library together with resources from the Library and Cromwell Museum. Archive resources, including historical photographs, are available at Huntingdonshire Archives.

Visiting the Huntingdonshire Collection

The Huntingdonshire Collection is based on the first floor of Huntingdon Library and Archives. The Huntingdonshire Collection opening times are the same as those for Huntingdon Library.

Access to the local studies collection is free. You do not need a library or CARN (County Archives Research network) ticket to consult the reference resources. However, some items may be also available as part of the loan stock and you will need a Cambridgeshire library card to borrow those.

Census and parish records

Poll books

Huntingdonshire Poll Books for 1807, 1818, 1826, 1830, 1837, 1857 and 1859.


You can search the  'Ancestry' and 'Find My Past' databases from computers in the Library. Indexed transcripts and microfilms of Huntingdonshire for some census years, 1841-1901, are available in the Archives.

Parish registers 

Original parish registers and some transcripts are held in the Archives.

Electoral registers - Huntingdonshire

Contact Huntingdonshire District Council for edited current registers for the whole district. Registers up to 2012 are held at the Archives.


Historical maps

There are over 2000 printed and published maps covering the old county of Huntingdonshire in the Collection, including over 200 antiquarian maps.

Original manuscript maps are held in the Archives. The Dickinson Collection of hand drawn maps and our collection of prints of enclosure and estate maps are also available in the Archives.

Ordnance Survey

Huntingdon Library and Archives has OS maps for the whole of Huntingdonshire ranging in scales from 1:500 to 1:10,000 dating from 1886. In addition, St Ives and St Neots Libraries each hold Ordnance Survey maps covering its own particular area. Landranger, Pathfinder and Explorer maps, geological and land use maps are also available.

Goad plans

Goad plans of Huntingdon town centre from 1974 onwards are available. St Ives and St Neots libraries also hold Goad plans for their areas.

Newspapers and periodicals

The titles listed below are all on microfilm, there are no original historical newspapers held in these libraries.

Visitors are advised to book in advance to use the microfilm reader/printers to avoid disappointment.

Huntingdon Library

  • Hunts, Beds & Cambridge Weekly Journal: feb 1825 - Dec 1828
  • Cambridge Independent Press: 1863-1884
  • Hunts Guardian: Jan 1870-Nov 1893
  • Hunts County News: Mar 1886 - Dec 1926 (excluding 1912)
  • St Ives Chronicle: Jun 1889 - Feb 1901
  • Hunts & Cambs Observer: Oct 1890 - Oct 1893
  • Hunts Post: Nov 1893 - June 2010
  • Peterborough Standard: 1963 - 1973
  • Peterborough Citizen & Observer: 1963 - 1973
  • Town Crier: 1988 - 2008
  • Cambridge Evening News: 1988 - May 2007

St Neots Library

  • St Neots Advertiser/Chronicle: Nov 1853 - Mar 1886
  • St Neots Family Paper: Dec 1854 - July 1856
  • St Neots Free Press: Nov 1898 - Oct 1902
  • St Neots (Monthly) Advertiser: Sep 1878 - Mar 1979
  • St Neots Weekly News: Mar 1979 - May 2007
  • Trader/Town Crier (various titles): 1980 - Jan 2009

Other small runs and uncatalogued periodicals are also available including:

  • Cambridgeshire Life: 1986 - 1990, 2002
  • East Anglian Magazine: 1946 - 1981
  • Kimboltonian Magazine: 1951 - 1988
  • St Neots Local History Magazine


Huntingdon Library has a small collection of photographs which are held as part of the larger Archives collections. Many more photographs of Huntingdonshire are held by Huntingdonshire Archives. You can use the online CALM catalogue to search these.

St Neots Library has a small collection which is indexed, additional photographs are also held at St Neots Museum.

St Ives Library has a small collection which is indexed, a larger collection is available at the Norris Museum.


Huntingdon Library and Archives
Princes Street
PE29 3PA
Email: [email protected]

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