Special Collections

Home to over 100 collections of rare books and archives on the history of the University, Bradford, Yorkshire, history, politics, literature, archaeology and much more, our best-known being the Archive of J.B. PriestleyWe are the first English university to achieve Archive Accreditation.  Our collections are open to everyone and include manuscripts, letters, photographs, artworks, newspapers, maps, pamphlets, objects, pipes (Priestley's) and digital files. Discover more with our 100 Objects online exhibition.

NEW! We've successfully applied for a Research Resources Scoping Award from the Wellcome Trust.  The funding will support Putting Flesh on the Bones, a joint venture with Archaeological Sciences.

We are looking forward to celebrating 50 years of the University of Bradford in 2016!