The William Salt Library is a registered charity (no. 528570) and is supported by Staffordshire County Council. It is administered by an independent trust and run in close conjunction with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service. The Library is supported by the Friends of the William Salt Library, who assist the Library's preservation program, and help with improvements to the Library's facilities in terms of purchase of stock, improvements to storage facilities and conservation.

The core of the Library is the huge collection of printed books, pamphlets, manuscripts, drawings, watercolors, and transcripts built up by William Salt (1808-1863), a London banker, during his lifetime. The Library continues to collect and preserve printed books, printed ephemera, pamphlets and illustrative material relating to Staffordshire for present and future generations. The Library's collections represent an outstanding resource for the study of local and family history in Staffordshire and are available for consultation by the public in their reading rooms free of charge.

To learn more about the William Salt Library, please visit their website.


Terms of use

The William Salt Library has graciously contributed images from their collections to Shakespeare Documented, and retains sole ownership of said images. Visitors may link to and cite the images within Shakespeare Documented in personal research only. Any further use, including, but not limited to, unauthorized downloading or distribution of the images is strictly prohibited. Visitors must contact the William Salt Library to request additional use, via their webpage.



Documents contributed by The William Salt Library

1605- 1609
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