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Subject themes

The vast holdings of Special Collections cover wide-ranging subjects across hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable manuscripts and archives and nearly 200,000 rare books. The subject strengths below feature most heavily among the material held. 

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We are continually working to improve access to information on our holdings, and many collections await cataloguing. If you cannot find information on your subject, contact us.

Business and Industry Subject Strength

An overview of the research potential of collections related to business, economics and industry held at Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

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View of the south elevation of the University

An overview of the collections relating to education held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

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English guide

An introduction to the English literature collections held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

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Old Red Lion Inn

An overview of the fine art and history of art related collections held in Special Collections at the University of Leeds.

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Geography and Travel Subject Strength

An introduction to geography collections and atlases held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

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Music Subject Strength

An overview of the music-related collections held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

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Politics Subject Strength

An overview of collections relating to politics and social history held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

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Religion guide

An overview of the items related to religions and theology held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

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Early Science Subject Strength

The main early science collections held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library

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An overview of the research potential of theatre and performance archives held at Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

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Yorkshire Subject Strength

An overview of Yorkshire-related collections held in Special Collections at Leeds University LIbrary.

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