University of Leeds

Key Information

  • Collection Name: Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society
  • Reference Number: 384
  • Date of last revision: 1 August 2017
  • Address: Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9JT
  • Person in charge: Joanne Fitton (Head of Special Collections and Galleries)
  • Main contact: Tim Procter (Collections and Engagement Manager, Archives and Manuscripts)
  • Contact telephone number(s): +44 (0) 113 233 5518
  • Contact email address:
  • Website:
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 09:00 - 17 :00; Sat 10:00 - 13:00. Closed between Christmas and New Year (inclusive) and on other public holidays. Please check our website for details
  • Access: Prior appointment is required. Most items from this collection can be made available for consultation in the Special Collections reading room.
    N.B. Special Collections require at least 2 working days' notice to retrieve from this collection.
  • Facilities for copying: Photocopying and photography by arrangement ; but because of the nature of the material photocopying items from the collection is not always permitted.
  • Catalogues available: Publications include Catalogue of Maps and Plans in the Library of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, G.E. Kirk (1937); Catalogue of Manuscripts and Deeds in the Library of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society 1867-1931 (reprinted 1986); Guide to the Archive Collections of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society 1931-1983, S. Thomas (1985).
  • Other Information: Items from the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society Collection are sometimes displayed in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery


The Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society (known until recently as the Yorkshire Archaeological Society) has promoted the study of Yorkshire’s past since 1863, when it was created as the Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association. From as early as the 1860s the Society began to acquire books and manuscripts for its members to consult at its premises.

In 2016 the entire collection was deposited with the University of Leeds. It includes printed and manuscript maps and plans mainly relating to Yorkshire, and a collection of aerial photographs.

Online catalogue available via the Special Collections website:

Published by: Clare Gordon

Clare Gordon