Access to the Archives

Access to archive material at IALS can be provided by prior appointment only. To make arrangements, please first explore the relevant catalogues (see IALS Archives Collections) and identify the material (including reference codes), then contact IALS Archives with your request.

Most records are open for consultation but there are some access restrictions as specified by depositors. Access restriction information is available in the catalogues.

Archive researchers will be asked to sign our Research Access registration form and adhere to our Regulations for use of the Archives

Digital photographs may be taken of most material for research purposes only, subject to signing the Copyright Declaration - self service photography.  It may be possible for material to be photocopied, by agreement with the Archivist.

Only a limited amount of research can be carried out remotely. Please do peruse the catalogues first to identify relevant areas and provide as much information as possible in your enquiry.

If you are researching an individual, you may find it useful to consult ‘Archival Sources for Legal Biography at IALS’ by Elizabeth Dawson, which is available here.

Contact Details
IALS Archivist - Clare Cowling

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square

Phone number: + 020 7862 5824
Page last updated: 31st January 2020