Archives and collections available in our libraries

Bradford Local Studies Library

Bradford Authors

Mostly fiction, poetry, drama.

The Bradford Collection

The Local Studies Library houses a unique collection, which includes books, newspapers, maps, illustrations etc., on the history and present development of the area now covered by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

Breeze-Bentley Collection

Transport books and journals.

Brontë Collection

Works by, about, criticism.

Delius Collection

Books, records, music scores.

Dickons Collection

C19th pamphlets, books.

Empsall Collection

C19th pamphlets, books.

Federer Collection

C19th pamphlets, books.

Oral History Collection

This unique collection of over 800 tape recorded interviews with local people is an invaluable source for recent local history. It includes:

  1. Sound recordings, transcripts and summaries of local people’s memories, including subject areas such as textiles, health, war, immigration to Bradford. Listening facilities are available. 
  2. Books, periodicals and journal articles about memory sharing and the theory and practice of oral history.

Priestley Collection

Books, articles, criticism.

The Yorkshire Collection

This includes books covering the history and development of Yorkshire generally. Some are available on the open shelves for browsing, most are in stores. The collection includes standard histories of many Yorkshire towns and cities, some Yorkshire pedigrees and Yorkshire dialect etc.

Ilkley Library

Collyer Collection

approximately 150 books on Yorkshire dating from the early 1800s to the mid C18th.

Shuttleworth Collection

30 volumes of photographs of Ilkley dating back to the late 1800s.

Keighley Reference Library


- about 500 numbered boxes (i.e. collections)

A.R. Harrison collection

- nucleus of Yorkshire collection

Bronte book collection

- now open access but not for loan

Lady Snowden collection

Local authors

Matthews collection

- news cuttings

Milligan and Mechanics Institute collections

Snowden collection

- Labour and Political History

Shipley Library

Bryan Mosley Collection


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