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New accessions

Posted on 22 December 2009

The following collections are now available for public consultation in the Borthwick's searchrooms.

British Music Society of York

The British Music Society of York was established in 1921 as a local branch of the British Music Society, a national body founded in 1918 'to promote the organisation and development in the British Isles and the British Empire, and to spread the knowledge of British music of all periods in foreign countries'. The archive includes the records of the York centre and also records of the National Federation of Music Societies. Records date from 1924 -2004 and include administrative records, financial records and concert programmes. An archive list is available in the searchrooms and, like all our lists, is deposited with the National Register of Archives. Anyone wishing to speak to an archivist about this archive should email Dr Amanda Jones at

Society of the Sacred Mission

The Borthwick has now received the records of the Society of the Sacred Mission (Kelham Fathers) an Anglican brotherhood, originally founded in the 1890s to provide lay-workers for Christian mission to Korea. The Society went on to be a key player in the development of theological training in Britain and high-church mission work abroad (particularly in South Africa and Australia but also notably in Korea and Japan ), during the first part of the twentieth century. Its papers track the growth and work of the Society from its beginning to the late twentieth century. The records also contain the papers of individual members including the eminent mid-twentieth century theologian Gabriel Hebert and of Herbert Kelly, the energetic and somewhat eccentric founder of the Society, including his correspondence with public figures, as he was often sought for his advice on moral issues and theological matters. For instance there is a series of correspondence between Kelly and the Dorothy L. Sayers (author of the Peter Wimsey detective novels) concerning her plays The Zeal of thy House (1937) and the cycle of twelve radio plays composed for the BBC on the life of Christ, The Man Born to be King (1941) . Detailed lists of the records in this collection are available in the Borthwick's searchrooms.

York family archive

The archive of the York Family of has finished the first stage of processing. Anyone wanting information about this archive should email Dr Amanda Jones at in the first instance.

The archive of Terrys (confectionery manufacturer) has finished the first stage of processing. Anyone wanting information about this archive should email Dr Amanda Jones at in the first instance.

Womersley papers

This collection of financial papers of the estate, and individual occupants, of Womersley Park and Estate from the seventeenth century to 1947 was generously purchased for the University by Raymond Burton. Amongst a wide variety of records it includes eighteenth-century estate surveys, detailed household accounts for the 1780s, a register of servants' wages for 1909-1921 and an account book of the personal expenses of a man-about-town of 1905-1908 including details of money for lunches, cabs, newspapers, haircuts and his Harrods account. The Womersley Papers (PDF , 39kb)‌‎‌‎‌‎archive list is available in PDF format here, and also in hard copy in our searchrooms.

The Sir Samuel Storey Writing and Performance Collection

David Storey
An archive list of the papers of David Storey, playwright, poet and novelist, is available in the Borthwick's Searchrooms.

For more information about this collection, including lists of the papers of Julia Pascal and Charles Wood, please see our page about the Sir Samuel Storey Collection.