Raymond Burton Yorkshire Collection

The collection

The Raymond Burton Yorkshire Collection has more than 1800 items relevant to Yorkshire and provides valuable insight into the social history of the county. It includes:

  • Books
  • Pamphlets
  • Prints and engravings
  • Posters
  • Maps
  • Ephemeral material

The collector

Raymond Burton (1921-2014) had a great enthusiasm for Yorkshire and wanted to make an enduring contribution to the county. He paid for the construction of the Raymond Burton Library for Humanities Research, designed by Leach Rhodes Walker, and opened in 2003.


Burton's collection of Yorkshire books was deposited in the Library at the same time as the opening of the Raymond Burton Library for Humanities Research. The Library continued to receive donations of books until his death in 2014.

Collection access

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

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