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Specialist catalogues


We have produced a number of catalogue databases, website resources and guides to aid researchers.

Some are subject-specific, spanning multiple collections, while others are specific to a collection.


Liddle Collection (First and Second World War)

Letters and diaries, official and personal papers, photographs, newspapers, artwork and recollections of the First World War and Second World War.

The summary guide is an introduction to the collection and the major sections of the searchable catalogue. It also contains subject information for uncatalogued material.

Search the Liddle catalogue

Contact Special Collections for more information.

Leeds Russian Archive

Collections documenting Russian history, literature, culture, and Anglo-Russian contacts in the 19th and 20th centuries.

A brief guide provides advice on searching the full range of material in the collections.

Search the Leeds Russian Archive catalogue

Contact the archivist for more information.

Quaker (Society of Friends) Archives

Quakerism came early to Yorkshire, being the site of the first settled Meetings, and the source of early forms of Quaker organisation and discipline.

Quakers (more formally, the Society of Friends) have always been careful to preserve records of their activities. Special Collections in Leeds University Library is the main repository for Yorkshire Quaker archives.

A summary guide provides advice on searching the full range of material in the Quaker Archives of Carlton Hill and Clifford Street.

There is a name index of Quaker men and women as recorded in the minute books and associated documents of Carlton Hill, from the late 17th to the early 20th century.

The archives remain the property of the Society of Friends. If you wish to look at current legal documents or any material less than 50 years old you must obtain written permission from a Friend Custodian.

Contact the librarian for more information, including names of the Friend Custodians.

University Archive

The Archive was set up in 1977 to preserve the records of the University of Leeds and its predecessor bodies the Yorkshire College of Science, Yorkshire College, and Leeds Medical School, from 1874 to the present day.

The summary guide is an introduction to the archive.

Search the University Archive catalogue.

Contact Special Collections for more information.

Leeds Poetry 1950-1980

This catalogue database details the archival collections relating to poets working at the University of Leeds between 1950 and 1980.

A project website was produced, providing a guide to the catalogue and contextual information about the poets.

17th and 18th century manuscript verse

The 17th and 18th century manuscript verse database details individual items of English poetry contained in the 17th- and 18th-century manuscripts from the Brotherton Collection. 

A project website was produced to support this database, containing facsimile images of manuscripts.

Letters database

The Letters database details correspondence between individuals, from across the collections. Subjects covered include literature, politics, and science.

Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture

The LAVC is a research project related to dialect and folk life, encompassing the Survey of English Dialects, and the Archives of the Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies, School of English, University of Leeds.

There are two catalogue databases of archival and printed material.

Search the LAVC online catalogue

Search Leeds University Library Catalogue for printed LAVC items

Medieval manuscripts

Illuminated manuscripts and Middle English manuscripts held across the collections.

Digitised manuscripts are included.

A summary guide provides a list of the 50 bound volumes we hold.