The Feminist Archive North is an independent charity, run by volunteers, which has been based at Special Collections since 2001. The Feminist Archive North (FAN) holds a wide variety of material relating to the Women's Liberation Movement (WLM) from 1969 to the present. Items from their collection can be consulted in the Special Collections reading room.
Special Collections has in its care two of Ripon Cathedral's core historical collections: the Dean and Chapter archives and the Old Library. These collections, held on deposit, are accessible in the same way as other Special Collections material.
Special Collections holds on deposit the main Yorkshire Quaker Archives on behalf of the Society of Friends. Visitors to Special Collections have access to two substantial collections of original documents stretching from the 17th to the 20th century. These are known as the Carlton Hill collection (broadly covering the Leeds, Bradford, Settle and Knaresborough areas) and the Clifford Street collection (which covers mainly the York and Thirsk areas, but also includes records for Yorkshire as a whole).
In our efforts to help researchers exploit our collections as fully as possible, projects have been undertaken to create finding aids to specific collections and types of material.