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Collections A-Z

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

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Cookery Collection guide

The Cookery collection dates from 1487 to the 21st century. It is made up of approximately 9,600 printed volumes and contains over 140 manuscript recipe and household books.

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English Literature collection guide

English Literature collections held in Special Collections have extensive coverage of 17th to 21st century print, manuscript and archives.

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Romany Collection guide

The Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Collections consist of separate collections that reference a variety of both ethnic (eg Romany/Irish Traveller) and non-ethnic (eg New Traveller) communities with a nomadic culture, history or lifestyle.

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

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Cards showing women doing war work

The Liddle Collection 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.

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Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

An introduction to the University's Art Collection, held by Special Collections.

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CC Coin Collection Guide image

A guide to the coin collection held in Special Collections.

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'Trailing' for bonfire wood, Castle Bolton, North Yorkshire (1967)

A project website for the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture documenting how the archive developed and displaying some of the treasures of the collection.

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Feminist Archive North guide

The Feminist Archive North holds a wide variety of material relating to the Women's Liberation Movement from 1969 to the present day.

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Incunabula guide

We hold over 300 incunabula, that is, books printed in Europe before 1501. Most of these are in the Brotherton Collection, with another 40 items on deposit from Ripon Cathedral Library and one incunabulum in the Cookery Collection.

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MS 421/6/1/5 Photograph of Leeds General Cemetery, 1962

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.

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We have extensive archives of poets who have a relationship with the University of Leeds. These include manuscripts, correspondence and recordings capturing the creative process and working life of a poet.

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Medieval manuscripts collection guide

We hold 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.

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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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YAS MS 30

A guide to the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society collection held in Special Collections.

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Brotherton Collection Manuscript Verse

Known as the Brotherton Collection of Manuscript Verse (BCMSV) this index contains detailed information on 6,600 English poems from more than 160 17th and 18th century manuscripts held in Special Collections.

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Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society narrative image

A guide to the collections deposited by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society in Special Collections.

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View of the south elevation of the University

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.

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Laban floorplan for Titan

A guide to collections featuring Rudolf Laban held in Special Collections.

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Letters database guide

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

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