Eliot collection

The collection

The Eliot Collection comprises editions of 20th century English literature, with many first editions. Well represented authors are WB Yeats, Robert Graves, DH Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Seamus Heaney, Christopher Hill, and Paul Muldoon.


A small number of books by and about TS Eliot were given to the University Library in 1972 by the library of King's College, Cambridge. They came from a bequest to King's College by Eliot's friend, John Hayward, and consisted of those books in the Hayward Collection of which King's College already owned copies.The collection has been expanded, both through the acquisition of new books by gift and purchase, and through transferring to it books previously on the open shelves.

Collection access

Most of the material in the collection is catalogued and can be accessed via the University of York’s online catalogue. Items can be consulted in the Borthwick Search Room and copies can be made subject to copyright.