Research & Collection Guides

Our research and collection guides provide a curated introduction to the most interesting items held at Leeds Central Library. You’ll find links to many of these guides embedded in related blog articles, but this page is a convenient way to browse the full set.

COLLECTIONS
Treasures of the Leeds Central Library
The Alf Mattison Collection
(Leeds Historian)
The Gott Bequest (English gardening 1500-1800)
The Sanderson Collection (British, European and world fashions 1770-1960s)
Tomes of Thrones (History and books behind Game of Thrones)

GENERAL HISTORY OF LEEDS
The History of Leeds
Bibliography of the Histories of Leeds
18th Century Leeds
Maps of Leeds

HISTORY OF LEEDS & YORKSHIRE
The Bronte Family
The English Civil War in Yorkshire
Frank Kidson (Folk music expert)
Health and Hospitals in Leeds
Jewish Leeds
Public Libraries of Leeds
Sport in Leeds
The Tetley Family
Theatres in Leeds
Ralph Thoresby (Leeds Historian)
Women of Leeds
First World War material at Leeds Central Library

HISTORY
The Battle of Waterloo (1815)
First World War material at Leeds Central Library
1914-1918: Contemporary Responses

ART
Feminist and Women Artists
The Sanderson Collection (British, European and world fashions 1770-1960s)

SCIENCE & DISCOVERY
Arctic Exploration
The Gott Bequest (English gardening 1500-1800)
Light
Social Science: Sociology and Anthropology
The Supernatural
Women Explorers

FAMILY HISTORY
African-Caribbean family history research
Your Family Archive