Archive Collections

Archival Holdings


The Morrab Library’s archives collection provides great insights into the history of Penzance, West Cornwall and extends nationally and internationally. The collection covers a breadth of subjects relating to science, social history, literature, natural history, the mining and fishing industries, archaeology, theology, geography, the history of witchcraft and more. Many of the people whose stories are told within the archive, or who created the content themselves have played significant roles in history and literature e.g.– Sir Humphry Davy, William Borlase, Jonathan Couch, the Tangye’s. The depth of the collections provide a significant and comprehensive resource for Cornish history, and is often the only source of such information for the region.

A copy of The Morrab Library Archive Index (PDF).