Cambridge University Library


Manuscripts Room

The sketchbook of Conrad Martens who sailed with Darwin on the Beagle; Sir Isaac Newton’s mathematical papers; the astonishing Cairo Genizah Collection of fragments of ancient Jewish documents, and photographs from the history of the British Empire. These are just a few of the manuscripts and archival material of profound historical significance that can be viewed in the Manuscripts Room.

sketch book
HMS Beagle at Port Desire, 1833
(Conrad Martens sketchbooks)
Hebrew primer, 10th century (Genizah Collection)
manuscript image
Newton’s notebook on Optics Panorama of Bombay, c.1837