GLAM Survey of Collecting Policy & Practice:
University of Leeds, Brotherton Library Special Collections

Leeds University Library collects literary archives and manuscripts of all periods from the middle ages to the present. The English Literature Collection, ‘designated’ by MLA, has a substantial purchasing endowment. The seventeenth/eighteenth-century emphasis is on poetical miscellanies and commonplace books. Nineteenth-century strengths include the Brontës, Gaskell, Swinburne, Wilde, and large letter collections (e.g. Dickens, James, Hardy). Twentieth-century strengths include Waugh, Greene, many writers connected with Leeds University (e.g. Herbert Read, Arthur Ransome, Geoffrey Hill, Tony Harrison, Wole Soyinka) and magazine/publishing archives (Stand, London Magazine, Enitharmon). Collections for other literatures include the archives of Ivan Bunin and Leonid Andreyev, and extensive French literary correspondence.

Recent Acquisitions

Description of acquisition (including extent) Type of acquisition Source of acquisition
1. The Fay and Geoffrey Elliott Collection: privately assembled English literary rare book and manuscript collection including numerous manuscripts and letters of Oscar Wilde and Evelyn Waugh and of writers and others associated with them(e.g. Corvo, Beardsley, Greene, Betjeman)3 metres (plus 17 of printed books, many annotated in MS)  2002 Gift Offer from owner
2. Mary Capell (d.1782), daughter of the 3rdEarl of Essex: manuscript anthology of c.80 poems probably compiled before 1758. Includes poems by Pope, Gray and Mary Wortley Montagu, and others possibly by Capell herself.Single volume  2003 Purchase Auction Funded by Own resources
3. Frederick Rolfe, Baron Corvo, manuscript commonplace book corresponding to that featured  in his Hadrian VII Single volume   2004 Purchase Offer from ownerFunded by Own Resources
4. Enitharmon Press: Archive for 2003-04 continuing the Press’s archive, complete from its inception in 1967. Covers all activity of the period (copy for publications,, correspondence, production and business papers, etc) notably featuring Heaney and Upward.7 metres   2005 Purchase DealerFunded by Benefactor

For further information or enquiries please contact the Brotherton Library direct.

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