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Coventry Archives

Local History

We have an extensive collection of books about the Coventry and Warwickshire areas (including the West Midlands County since 1974), which includes books written by local authors. There is also a section of past periodicals and journals of local studies, schools and companies. Additionally a large collection of booklets, articles and information about Coventry and Warwickshire can yield fascinating snippets of information about the city, its people and trades.

If you are interested in a particular location our maps and plans may be just what you are looking for.

Our Pictures of Coventry database, which holds almost 8000 local photographs and illustrations can be viewed in the Reading Room; copies are obtainable on request.  These relate to buildings of interest, events and people, and date from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

Aerial photographs are also available for 1947, 1969, 1973 and 1991. Photographs, plans and records of the city council and local businesses can be found in the archives collections