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
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