The University Library's outstanding research collections support the study of history from the medieval period through to the modern era. On our open shelves you will find wide ranging collections of printed works published from 1850 onwards, including edited collections of primary source materials. Housed in the Brotherton Library's Special Collections are our fine sets of manuscripts, early printed works and archives, all ripe for exploration. Further collections of early works and archive material are also reproduced within our extensive microfilm collection.
Online you can access an array of primary source material, including early books, journals and newspapers, as well as digitised archival collections and official publications. Much of the Library's long established journal collection is also available online, and our online indexes and search tools will help you to pinpoint key sources, both primary and secondary.
Library staff are on hand to provide training and support, but you can start your explorations online by taking a virtual tour of our Special Collections, or by visiting the Library's support page for history.
Local libraries and archives
The City of Leeds also offers you excellent local and regional museum, archive and gallery assets. The British Library has a Document Supply Centre in Boston Spa, which is just a bus ride away. The West Yorkshire Archives (in Leeds, Wakefield , Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield) contain extensive records of the city and region, numerous societies and voluntary bodies and churches and chapels, as well as the papers of influential families such as the Lascelles and the Vyners. The Royal Armouries' Museum and Archive has crucial holdings for military historians, while medievalists and early modernists can benefit from the Yorkshire Archaeological Society's extensive collection of estate, manorial, public and family records.