Special collections

Students are encouraged to use resources from the following Leeds archives:

  • M&S Company Archive. The M&S Company Archive contains more than 70,000 items from 1884 to the present day, concerning the long history of Marks & Spencer. 
  • ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles. ULITA is primarily a textiles archive that collects, preserves and documents textiles and related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world. Their archive includes historic images of Yorkshire and the University more generally. 
  • The Liddle Collection. Housed in Special Collections at the Brotherton Library, the Liddle Collection documents and preserves first-hand accounts of individuals who experienced the two World Wars. It was started privately in the early 1970s by the military historian Dr. Peter Liddle and was established as part of Special Collections in 1988. It includes the personal papers of well over 4,000 people who lived through the First World War and over 500 who experienced the Second World War. It holds photographs and drawings, official and unofficial papers, manuscript diaries and correspondence.
  • Leodis: A Photographic Archive of Leeds. Leodis is an online photographic archive containing over 59,000 images of Leeds, old and new, and is managed by Leeds Library and Information Service. The digitised collection contains a vast amount of photographs relating to the city.
  • West Yorkshire Joint Archives Services. The WY Archive Service collects and looks after the unique documentary heritage of the region and helps members of the public to use and enjoy these records. They collect and preserve the heritage of the region dating from the twelfth century to the present day.