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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Leeds General Cemetery Company was established in 1833, to provide and maintain a burial ground in Leeds on St George's Fields. The extensive records provide a valuable source for family and social historians.
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.
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 There are some 50 bound volumes and a considerable quantity of historical documents.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.