Leeds University Library

University Archive

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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, from 1874 to the present day.

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

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The Leeds University Archive catalogue contains over 8000 records. The Archive 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.

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In addition, paper finding aids (reference codes for these are in the database records) are held in Special Collections.

A number of published sources relating to the history of the University are accessible for reference in the Special Collections reading room. All archival documents must be ordered in advance for consultation in Special Collections.

Special Collections also holds material that, although not officially part of the University Archive, covers many aspects of the University's history. Search the Library Catalogue and the Collections guide for more details.

Contact Special Collections if you would like access to any finding aids or to other documents.