YAHS Record Series
Since the Society was founded, over 160 book-length volumes have been published in the Record Series. Generally these are transcriptions of medieval or modern historical documents, with an editor's introduction. Thanks to this series, significant sources have been made accessible, and interpreted, for a wider readership. The scope of YAHS Record Series's contribution to the study of Yorkshire's past is clear from this downloadable list of titles.
Older volumes in the series can be consulted free of charge on the Internet Archive
NEW: The Yorkshire Historical Dictionary - a two volume set
A glossary of Yorkshire words 1120 - c.1900 compiled by George Redmonds and edited by Alexandra Medcalf
Record Series Editor Christopher C Webb
This is the first time such a comprehensive glossary of regional words has been published. Its wide-ranging scope, underpinned with excellent scholarship, means this volume will be of interest not just to historians of Yorkshire, but to local historians across the country, as well as linguists and place-name and surname researchers. The Dictionary fills in in gaps in our understanding of the development of regional language, from "borrowings" from the Baltic and Low Countries to its decline from the Tudor period on.
Future volumes in the Record Series
New titles appear annually in printed book form and their production relies on regular subscriptions. You can help support continued publication by taking out a subscription by selecting 'Record Series' on the membership options page of this website.
The Record Series committee welcomes proposals for new titles and anyone considering offering work for publication should contact the General Editor for guidance.
A special reprinting of selected volumes from the Series
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Society’s foundation a selection of fifty out-of-print YAHSRS titles was made available through the Cambridge University Press print-on-demand programme in 2013. Each volume includes a brief introduction by a member of the Record Series Committee describing the Society’s achievements in the study of the history and archaeology of England’s largest historic county, with a brief note about each work. Copies of these special reprints can be purchased through the publisher's website. Enter the title and author in the search box on their home page.
The acclaimed 'Early Yorkshire Charters'
The Record Series included the 'Early Yorkshire Charters' volumes each edited by Sir Charles Clay and published as a special sequence. When the eighth of them appeared in 1955 they were described by the then doyen of early medieval scholars Sir Frank Stenton as "... the finest series of Charters now appearing anywhere in the world." They were among the selection of titles republished in 2013 by the CUP. Here is a prefatory note by Brian Barber outlining the groups of charters included in each volume.