University of Manchester Collections

Since its earliest days, the John Rylands library has been active in the collection of archives, manuscripts and printed material documenting the birth and development of Protestant Nonconformity in Britain. The result is one of the world's finest research collections relating to the Baptist, Moravian, Quaker, Congregational, Christian Brethren and Unitarian traditions. The material includes personal papers, institutional records and rare published titles, some of which cannot be found elsewhere. The library is also home to the official archive and printed collections of the Methodist Church of Great Britain comprising several hundred thousand printed items and over a million manuscripts, representing the richest resource anywhere for study of British Methodism from its 18th century beginnings to the present. The library's holdings in the field of religious nonconformity also provide a rich resource for the study of British society in its wider aspects during the last 400 years.