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The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Since 1863

For everyone interested in Yorkshire's past

Our collections of archives and library books

The Society’s archives include remarkably varied and fascinating collections of maps, diaries, letters, prints, photographs, deeds, wills, manorial records and rare or early printed books which altogether offer insight into the archaeology and history of the historic county of York from prehistoric to modern times. 

These works are catalogued in three broad groups - manuscripts (MS), manorial documents (MD) and documents deposited with the Society by their owners (DD).   Guide to contents.   

They are lodged with the Special Collections Department at the University of Leeds’ Brotherton Library, where they are accessible to all, free of charge, by prior appointment.   Search the Special Collections catalogue or arrange a visit.

More recent works relating to Yorkshire history and archaeology can be found on the main shelves of the Brotherton Library and they are listed in the Library Catalogue.  To read or borrow them it is necessary to join the library - see the Brotherton web pages.   Special arrangements apply to members of the Society; for details contact our Honorary General Secretary.


Some treasures in our collections