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Art Researchers Guide

Yesterday saw the launch of ARLIS's Art Researchers Guide to Leeds to which the YAS is a contributor.

This handbook describes the major libraries and repositories in Leeds with art and design resources and directs researchers to the most appropriate libraries and archives to suit their research needs.

Whilst the Yorkshire Archaeological Society may not appear to be an obvious place for art researchers many of our collections are visual or relate to art, design, or architecture. Within the library is our print collection of Yorkshire people and places. Many books also relate to topography and buildings. Books on the ancient world, the middle ages and later periods of history contain illustrations of mosaics, pottery design, stained glass, monuments and churches. Some of our early printed books also feature impressive illustrations.

Our archives include estate and family collections containing illustrated manuscripts and travel journals, maps, plans, architectural details and photographs. Illuminated deeds, decorative seals and heraldic manuscripts are also to be found in our archive collections along with posters, scrapbooks, drawings, cartoons and printed ephemera. The original watercolours for Walker's Costume of Yorkshire published in 1814 are also one of our most notable holdings.