The Bell-White Collection comprises printed and manuscript items which had been assembled by keen collectors John (1783-1864) and Thomas (1785-1860) Bell in the Nineteenth Century, some of which material had subsequently been purchased by fellow collector, Robert White (1802-1874).
The collection focuses on local history and is a particularly good resource for local political history as it includes election addresses, squibs, broadsides and bills. Local poetry and songs are also represented.
There is also a large collection of genealogical material relating to local families which contain documents relating to business concerns, deaths, events, honours, household matters, legal affairs, property, sales, social lives and occupations, as well as containing family pedigrees, illustrations and correspondence.
Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:
Collection Name: Bell-White Collection
Library Ref Code: Bell-White
Date Range of Material
1710 - 1851
Type of Material
Size of Collection
4 Linear Metres of shelving
How To Order Items From This Collection
The books within this collection are described within the Newcastle University Library Search and can be ordered directly from the catalogue. This link to the Library Search will show a list of all the items within the collection. Please note this link is available to members of the public as well as University staff and students.
The Genealogical Material is described in a Finding Aid which can be downloaded here.
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See Bell (John and Thomas) Archive, for miscellaneous items collected by John and Thomas Bell.
Material from this collection was used in our Treasure of the Month feature for May 2008.
See more digitised content from this collection at CollectionsCaptured.