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Whitaker Collection

University of Leeds

The WHITAKER COLLECTION is a collection of English county atlases and maps published between 1579 and 1901. It was formed by Dr Harold Whitaker, who presented it to the University Library in 1939.

Road books are a strong feature of the collection, which also includes a number of fine and rare European and world atlases and maps, e.g. Blaeu, Jansson. The collection also contains sets of playing cards produced by Robert Morden and W. Redmayne in the late seventeenth century.

Online catalogue available via the Special Collections website:


Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9T

Main contact

Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis (Collections and Engagement Manager, Rare Books and Maps)

Telephone number

0113-233-5518 (direct)


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


Prior appointment is required. Most items from this collection can be made available for consultation in the Special Collections reading room.


Photocopying and photography by arrangement ; but because of the nature of the material photocopying items from the Whitaker Collection is not always permitted.


Catalogue published in 1947 (still available).

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