Leeds University Library

Collection guides

Collections A-Z

Collections A-Z

Browse the A-Z name index for print and archive collections held at the University of Leeds Special Collections.


Quaker Archive guide


The University of Leeds Special Collections is the main repository for Yorkshire Quaker Archives. Collections include the official records of meeting houses and those of prominent Quaker families.


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The Liddle Collection held at the University of Leeds Special Collections includes the personal papers of well over 4,000 people who lived through the First World War, and approximately 500 who experienced the Second World War.


English Literature collection guide

English Literature

English Literature collections held at the University of Leeds Special Collections have extensive coverage from 17th to 21st century print, manuscript and archives.


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University Archive

The University of Leeds Archive was set up in 1977 to preserve the records of the University of Leeds and its predecessor bodies. The records date from 1834 to the present day and are held in a paper and digital format.



Leeds Russian Archive

The Leeds Russian Archive in the University of Leeds Special Collections, is a major international resource for the study of Anglo-Russian relations in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Cookery Collection guide


The Cookery collection dates from 1487 to the 21st century. It is made up of approximately 8,000 printed volumes and contains over 60 manuscript recipe and household books.


Romany Collection guide


The Romany Collection at the University of Leeds Special Collections, is one of the two principal library and archive collections in the UK devoted to the history of Gypsies and related Traveller groups.


Letters database guide

Letters Database

The letters index is an informal finding aid to the substantial holdings of manuscript correspondence held in the University of Leeds Special Collections. Correspondence is particularly strong in literary, political and scientific subjects, representing over 100,000 letters.


Medieval manuscripts collection guide

Medieval Manuscripts

Leeds University Library holds medieval manuscripts dating from the 12th century to the 15th century. There are some 50 bound volumes and a considerable quantity of historical documents. Half of the volumes contain illumination or similar decoration.


Brotherton Collection Manuscript Verse

17th and 18th Century Manuscript Verse

Known as the Brotherton Collection of Manuscript Verse (BCMSV) this index contains detailed infromation about 6,600 English poems from more than 160, 17th and 18th century manuscripts held at the University fo Leeds Special Collections.


Feminist Archive North guide

Feminist Archive North

The Feminist Archive North (FAN) holds a wide variety of material relating to the Women's Liberation Movement from 1969 to the present day.The collection is held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.


Incunabula guide


Leeds University Library holds over 300 incunabula, that is, books printed in Europe before 1501. The majority of these are in the Brotherton Collection, with another 40 items on deposit from Ripon Cathedral Library. There is also one incunabulum in the Cookery Collection.


Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture guide

Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture

The Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture encompasses the Survey of English Dialects, and the Archive of the Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies 1964-1983. It is a coprehensive research collection related to dialect and folk life in the UK.


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Leeds Poetry 1950-1980

A joint project between the School of English and Leeds University Library bringing together the work of poets at the University of Leeds between 1950-1980.


Cemetery Collection Guide

Leeds General Cemetery

The Leeds General Cemetery was established on Woodhouse Moor in 1833, to provide and maintain a burial ground in Leeds. The extensive records provide a valuable source for family and social historians.


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Rudolf Laban Collections

A guide to collections featuring Rudolf Laban in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.