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Huguenot Library

About the Huguenot Library 

Formed by the amalgamation of the libraries of the French Hospital (1718) and the Huguenot Society (1885) and deposited in 1957, this is a collection of c.6000 books, many periodicals, and a great series of manuscripts, prints and engravings. The important manuscripts include consistory records of half a dozen London Huguenot churches, the records of the Royal Bounty and connected funds, 1686-1876, which contained details of the relief funds distributed to the Huguenot refugees and their descendants. The manuscript collections also include the records of the French Hospital itself and of other Huguenot institutions such as the Westminster French Protestant School, Friendly Societies, and numerous family papers, including the Wagner Pedigrees giving details of about 1000 Huguenot families and extensive genealogical research files. Much of this material may be consulted on microfiche.

A significant number of the printed books are not easily to be found elsewhere. The most notable volumes are two copies of the 1535 first edition of Calvin's French Protestant Bible and other early editions of works by Calvin. There are important biographical works: La France Protestante by the Haag Brothers, in ten volumes, and the French Protestant Exiles by D.C.A. Agnew, in its three editions. The bulk of the printed book collection covers the whole range of Huguenot studies, from major histories to printed family records, dating from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. There are runs of all the main journals of Huguenot history from other countries, including the only complete set in Britain or Ireland of the Bulletin of the French Protestant Société in Paris. Of particular value is the collection of pamphlets, dating from the late sixteenth century onwards, many of which are very rare. There is also a good 19th century and modern collection of material on the Waldensians of the Piedmont.

Access to the library

The Huguenot Library is housed within the Special Collections of UCL Library, which is currently housed at The National Archive in Kew, Richmond.
Note: This is NOT a postal address - see below for postal address and contact details.

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Wednesday, 09:00-17:00

Readers must make an appointment at least two weeks prior to the date of your proposed visit.

The Huguenot Library catalogue is an integral part of the UCL online catalogue, Explore. Connect to Explore.

Publications and information sources

The Huguenot Society publishes leaflets setting out primary sources of information and the Library can advise on local resources in Britain and around the world. It can provide lists of libraries where the Society's publications may be consulted in different countries.

Huguenots in North America
  • Baird, Charles Washington, 1828-1887: History of the Huguenot emigration to America. - Baltimore : Regional Pub. Co , 1966 (First published in 1885)
  • Filby, P. William: Passenger and immigration lists bibliography, 1538-1900 : being a guide to published lists of arrivals in the United States and Canada / edited by P. William Filby. - Detroit, Mich : Gale Research Co , c1981- 
  • Gannon, P.S.: Huguenot refugees in the settling of colonial America . - New York, Huguenot Society of America , c1993
Huguenot Societies in formal correspondence

Huguenot Societies with which this Society is in formal correspondence include:


Links for tracing Huguenots in France:

For Australasian enquiries, it is suggested that contact should first be made with the Society of Australian Genealogists, 120 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

The following Links for appropriate enquiries in Germany can be made to:

For general UK genealogical resources, recourse should be made to:

  • The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond TW9 4DU (). Microfilm copies of the original registers of the French Protestant Churches are available at the National Archives, ref. RG 4.
  • The Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7BA and Information from the Society of Genealogists is available at: www.origins.net

There is a considerable amount of unmonitored genealogical information and information devoted to Huguenot research on the internet and links to these should be taken with care.

Contacting the Huguenot Library

E-mail library@huguenotsociety.org.uk
Telephone 020 7679 2046, or internal ext 32046
Postal address Huguenot Library,
University College London,
Gower Street,
London WC1E 6BT
Website http://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/library-and-archive.html

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