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The Borthwick Institute originally specialised in ecclesiastical archives, but the past three decades or so have seen an enormous growth in the range and type of our holdings.

Many of our archives have regional, national or international importance.

Church of England and nonconformist records

Church of England and nonconformist records

The Borthwick Institute was founded in 1953 to house the huge York Diocesan Archive, which dates from the medieval period to the present. Read more...

University of York archive

University of York archive

We hold the archive of the University of York, which admitted its first students in 1963.
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Rowntree archives

Rowntree archives

We have archives of the Rowntree company and family, the research papers of Seebohm Rowntree, and archives relating to the three Rowntree Trusts. Read more...

Health and medicine

Health and medicine

We hold the York NHS archive, consisting of the records of NHS managing bodies and services in York since 1948, and the records of the many older hospitals in the York area. Read more...

Social welfare, charities and schools

Social welfare, charities and schools

Social welfare archives include the York Diocesan Association for Moral Welfare, the American Committee for the Evacuation of British Children and Alcoholics Anonymous. Read more...

Businesses

Businesses

Major holdings include the archives of Terry's of York, Vickers Instruments, Sessions of York, and York Waterworks Company. Read more...

Societies

Societies and associations

We hold the archives of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, the York Georgian Society, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and the Merchant Taylors Company of York. Read more...

Families and individuals

Families and individuals

We have records produced by, or relating to, individual people, including the Earls of Halifax, the Yarburgh family of Heslington Hall, York, and the Earls of Harewood. Read more...

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Architecture, craft and design, gardening and horticulture

Holdings include the archive of the Atkinson Brierley architectural practice, and that of the architects George Pace and Ron Sims. Read more...

Southern African archives

Southern African archives

We hold the archives collected by the University's former Centre for Southern African studies, including the papers of South African writers, activists, churchmen and politicians. Read more...

Samuel Storey writing and performance collection

Samuel Storey writing and performance collection

The Samuel Storey Trust has generously funded the setting up of the Samuel Storey Writing and Performance Collection within the University Library and Archives. Read more...

Music

Music

We hold the archives of individual composers, such as Wilfrid Mellors, Trevor Wishart and the archives of performers such as Electric Phoenix and York Symphony Orchestra. Read more...