Bulletin of the John Rylands Library

Edited by Paul Fouracre

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 2054-9318 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2054-9326 (Online)
  • Frequency: Biannual (Spring and Autumn)


Established in 1903, the journal publishes peer-reviewed articles that showcase the Special Collections of The John Rylands Library, one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the world. The manuscript and printed collections span five millennia and cover a wide range of subjects in more than fifty languages, including theology and philosophy; literature, drama and music; art and archaeology; science and medicine; economic, social, political, religious and military history; travel and exploration. The collections also contain the archives of companies, business associations, trade unions, charities, social organizations and religious institutions, as well as landed families. Articles are broad ranging and multi-disciplinary, enhancing the scholarship and understanding of the collections. Full length articles as well as short review pieces and notes on particular collections, exhibitions and recent acquisitions are welcome and work from early career researchers is encouraged. Articles not focused directly on the collections but concerned with the history of Manchester or of general relevance to the John Rylands Library as well as themed issues that situate research on the collections within different humanities disciplines will be published occasionally.

Special collections of the John Rylands Library

Editorial Board

Chair: Roy Gibson, University of Manchester

Editor: Paul Fouracre, University of Manchester

Deputy Editor: Sasha Handley, University of Manchester

Incoming Editors: Stephen Mossmann, University of Manchester and Cordelia Warr, University of Manchester

Editorial Board
Hannah Barker, Director of the John Rylands Research Institute and Professor of History University of Manchester
Rachel Beckett, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Joseph Bergin, IEA de Nantes and University of Manchester
George Brooke, University of Manchester
John Hodgson, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University
David Matthews, University of Manchester
Walter Pohl, Austrian Historical Research Institute
Julianne Simpson, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Miles Taylor, Institute of Historical Research
Carsten Timmermann, University of Manchester



The editors encourage the submission of cross disciplinary articles that enhance the scholarship and understanding of the collections. Full length articles as well as short review pieces and notes on particular collections, exhibitions and recent acquisitions are welcome. Please see the journal’s guidelines for preparing and submitting an article. See the journal author resources for more information on how to write and prepare your article and other MUP policies.

Contributors should send their articles to Sasha Handley.

Requests to reproduce images of material from the John Rylands Library collections should be sent to Library’s imaging office. Please complete this form and return to the Library. Include the granted permission and high resolution image with your final manuscript.

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