Welcome to our collections of books and archives

These fascinating maps, diaries, letters, prints, photographs, deeds, wills, manorial records and rare printed books offer insight into the archaeology and history of the county from prehistoric to modern times. Because of the way in which they have been gathered together since the 1860s, the materials collected are very varied. They include some items dating back to the 12th century, as well as some of national importance, and many of the books collected by the Society are rare or early works by Yorkshire publishers. All in all, they provide a unique and important source of information for the study of social, economic, religious, political, landscape, local and family history. Today they are accessible through our partnership with the University of Leeds Brotherton Library: archives and early printed books in the Special Collections department, and more recent works of scholarship on the shelves of the main library.

Some treasures in our collections