A complex network of intersecting financial, legal, political, and cultural factors all contributed to the development of the South Sea Bubble, the eventual collapse of the South Sea Company in 1720, and the financial ruin left in its wake. The South Sea Bubble was one of the first speculative bubbles. This guide provides contextual information about the South Sea Bubble, a detailed index of the South Sea Bubble Collection at Baker Library Special Collections, and links to available digital content.