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Special Collections

A wonderful resource of images, stories and ideas for students, staff and members of the public.

Discover over 150 collections of rare books and archives: manuscripts, letters, photographs, artworks, newspapers, maps, pamphlets, objects, digital files, and even J.B. Priestley's pipes.

COVID-19 - Special Collections closed until further notice

Special Collections will be closed to visitors until further notice, as part of the University‚Äôs response to Government advice about the coronavirus pandemic. Special Collections staff will be working from home during this time.  Emails will continue to be monitored during working hours.  Please note the Archivist works part-time and there may be some delay in replying.

Special Collections reading room

About us

  • Archive Accreditation
  • Special Collections and copyright law
  • Special Collections policies
A herd of sheep walking down a country lane in Stonesdale, near Keld

Our Collections

  • Collections
  • Help with Special Collections catalogues
  • How to cite Special Collections documents
Two skulls facing each other


  • Mitrinovic Archive Cataloguing Project
  • PaxCat Project
  • Putting Flesh on the Bones Project
Library entrance


  • Inter-Library loans
  • Publication and commercial use
  • Reprographics
  • Teachers and schools
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the archive, and I'm extremely grateful for the friendly welcome and great help

Contact us

Julie Parry is the University Archivist responsible for the care and management of the Special Collections. 



+44 (0) 1274 235256



Postal address

Special Collections

JB Priestley Library

University of Bradford

Richmond Road

Bradford BD7 1DP