St Albans Borough Archive

Town Hall, around 1911 | St Albans Museums (ref Px8264)
Town Hall, around 1911
St Albans Museums (ref Px8264)

Online via the HALS website

The St Albans Borough Archive is an important and extensive collection of over 9,500 items relating to the city’s history dating from the medieval period to the late 20th century. Using the collection has proved frustrating as the key finding aid produced by William Le Hardy in the 1940s does not match the standard of modern catalogues.

Help is now at hand. The archivists at Herts Archives & Local Studies (HALS), where the collection is held, have published a catalogue that it is available online. Moreover, new material uncovered during the process has been added to the catalogue (for example, the 1924 Housing Survey papers highlighted in the Society’s May 2017 newsletter).

To search the collection, click here for HALS’s online catalogue, then click on ‘Advanced Search’. In the boxes enter your search term under ‘Any Text’. Don’t forget to add ‘SBR’ under ‘HALSRefNo’. This term ensures you will only search the Borough archive.

For an overview of the collection (dating from 2012), please see the City Archive Catalogue below, which also explains the procedure for ordering material in advance of your visit.

If you find something of interest, please contact HALS to arrange a time to view the material. We recommend you contact them at least 24 hours in advance of your proposed visit as the collection is stored off-site.

Phone 0300 123 4049 or
Email hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

We recommend you contact them at least 24 hours in advance of your proposed visit as the collection is stored off-site.

For further information about the new catalogue please read Gary Moyle’s article in the Society’s Newsletter 205 of August 2017 (see attachment below).

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