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The Lakeman Library and Archives is a specialist collection providing an extensive collection of material on representative democracy and elections including the history of elections. The collection is international in scope; much of this material is rare, often not held elsewhere and of significant historical value. The Library is managed by the McDougall Trust, an independent charity. The library collection includes material covering the 19th to the 21st centuries. The Library was built up under the auspices of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) and its predecessor, the Proportional Representation Society (PRS) and is co-located with the ERS at Thomas Hare House, 6 Chancel Street London SE1 0UX.

The archives, partially held with the Lakeman Library and partially in store some of the historic records of the ERS and PRS up to the 1980’s, collections from bodies and individuals involved in campaigning for electoral reform, campaign ephemera and a range of reports and press cuttings which are not readily available through other archives or libraries.

The collections comprise 2,500 books, 2,500 pamphlets, 50 journals, extensive press cuttings and ephemera dating from the mid 19th century. The topics the Library covers can be summarised as voting systems, elections, electoral reform, proportional representation, suffrage and other related constitutional issues.

The Library currently provides a service to researchers, students and writers and the catalogue is now being made available online to anyone interested in democracy and elections.

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