Special Collections on Bradford, the West Riding and the Yorkshire Dales

The development of the University of Bradford cannot be seen in isolation from the region in which it is based, its historic industry and radical traditions.  The University grew out of the need for technical education in Bradford and much of its teaching and research has a local focus e.g. archaeological research in the Yorkshire Dales, conflict resolution with local communities.

Bradford’s history and that of the University is intertwined with the experience of the other West Riding cities and the Yorkshire Dales.

J.B. Priestley Archive

Bradford-born author who became a household name in the mid 20th century, creator of An Inspector Calls

Arthur Raistrick Collection

Quaker who explored the land use and industries of the Yorkshire Dales; collection includes 1200 maps and plans

Daybook of Sir Titus Salt

The technological breakthrough of the industrialist who built Saltaire

Papers of Colin Hunter

Bradford Councillor and anti-nuclear campaigner

Papers of Sir Isaac Holden (1807-1897) and Family

Letters between Bradford wool entrepreneur Sir Isaac Holden and his family, offering insights into industry, politics, society, culture, fashion and war.

Papers of the Popplewell Inquiry into Crowd Safety at Sports Grounds

Papers of the official inquiry into the Bradford City stadium fire which took place in 1985

W. R. Mitchell Archive

Journalist and author who chronicled the changing landscapes and lives of the Yorkshire Dales.

W. Riley Archive and Book Collection

Popular novelist who found fame with Windyridge, a story of the Yorkshire moors near Bradford

Waddington-Feather Collection

Priest and writer who often used his Keighley birthplace in his poems and stories

Papers on Anthrax

Compiled by doctors who fought the deadly disease affecting wool workers in Bradford

Kearton Book Collection

Naturalists born in Swaledale who found new ways to photograph and film nature

Joseph Riley Archive

Autobiography and travel journal of a Bradford entrepreneur