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Catalogues, Finding Aids and Other Help

Getting started

You can discover what is in Special Collections in several ways, depending on the kind of resources you need: printed books or archives. Many users find they need both: for instance, if you are researching J.B. Priestley you are bound to need both his Archive and the many rare published items we have at Bradford.  Once you’ve found something of interest in the catalogues listed below, see our services page to find out how you can get access to it.

Discovering our books

All printed books in Special Collections are catalogued on the Library catalogue.  We include information about provenance (previous owners) and condition so books can be understood as unique historical artefacts.  Most journals and pamphlets are treated as printed books and can be found on the Library catalogue.  You can limit a search on the Library catalogue to Special Collections using the drop-down box.

Discovering our archives

Most of the catalogues for our archives are online in Word and PDF form on the web pages for each collection.  Some older catalogues are not yet online, but we are working on that through our Quick Wins project.  If you want more information about an archive but can't see it online, just contact Special Collections and we will do what we can to help.

Discovering other collections

The Archives Hub.  Descriptions of archives in UK universities.

COPAC.  Books in libraries in UK universities and special libraries of all kinds.

Special Collections at Bradford appear on these useful databases, but we update the catalogues mentioned above more frequently, and, especially for archives, our own resources contain much more detail.

Need more help?

Then please contact Special Collections.