Library & Archives


Archive collections

The Archives of the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society contain material deposited with or donated to the Society.

Our collections include estate papers, family archives, personal archives including notes of archaeologists, historians and antiquaries, maps, plans, pedigrees, deeds, wills, and manorial court rolls.

The archives also hold a number of transcripts of parish registers and monumental inscriptions for many places in Yorkshire


Highlights of the collection include the Thoresby manuscripts, papers of antiquary and collector Bradfer-Lawrence, Wakefield Court rolls, Clifford of Skipton papers, Middleton of Stockeld collection, Whixley cartulary, papers of the antiquarian scholar Roger Dodsworth, Ella S. Armitage’s notebooks on castles and Anglo-Saxon churches, and heraldic manuscripts by William Dugdale.

Archive catalogues




A summary description of all the collections held by the YAHS can be found on the website. See the links on the left.

In early 2016 our archives were transferred to the care of the University of Leeds, Brotherton Library Special Collections.  For current details, and online catalogues, click the link []