Leeds University Library

University Archive Guide

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The University 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.  The records date from 1831 to the present day and are held in a paper and digital format. 

Special Collections actively collects material, preserving the memory of the institution, providing the evidence base for its activity and making its records accessible to researchers.

The University Archive catalogue

The Leeds University Archive catalogue contains over 9000 records and is arranged into twelve sub-collections. 

There are records for committee, administrative, academic and other departmental services, and for staff, students and other individuals with close personal associations to the University.  Large collections of plans, drawings and photographs give insight into campus development and life.

View the sub-collections of the University Archive catalogue

The University Archive catalogue is continually being added to and it will eventually be a complete representation of all of the archive's holdings.  If there is no detailed information for the section you are interested in please contact us.  We hold a number of finding aids that can be made available upon request.

Accessing University Archive Records

Where possible we make digital content available to view away from the University campus.  When this is not possible all archival documents - whether paper or digital - must be ordered in advance for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room.  Please contact Special Collections to arrange an appointment.

Online Resources

Part of our collection of historic student newspapers is now available to search online.

Related Material

A number of published sources relating to the history of the University are available for reference in the Special Collections reading room. 

Special Collections also holds material that, although not officially part of the University Archive, covers many aspects of the University's history, including archives of named individuals.