Collections of particular value which can be viewed at the Centre include:
Works of William Beattie M.D. (1793-1875), a Hampstead doctor, including memoirs, travel books and poems. About 200 items including books and manuscripts acquired by Henry Morley. Separate catalogue.
A companion to Thomas Barratt's 'Annals of Hampstead', published 1912. 21 vols.
Eleanor Farjeon collection
Books by and about Hampstead writer Eleanor Farjeon. Presented by the author in 1960. Additional items have been added to collection. Separate catalogue.
Collection created by Ambrose Heal (of Heals furniture firm) about the parish of St Pancras, including maps, books, documents, illustrations, news cuttings and playbills (particularly for Scala Theatre). Donated in 1913. Separate index.
Kate Greenaway collection
Books, proofs, cards and some original drawings. Presented by the artist's brother. Additional items have been added to collection. Separate catalogue. Available by appointment only.
Collection of 19th-century family toys, books, pressed flowers, Christmas and Valentine cards, photographs etc. of Elizabeth Sharpe of Admiral's House, Hampstead 1865-1905.
Several special collections of illustrations are also held.