Special Collections of the J B Priestley Library, University of Bradford

JB Priestley with typewriter
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Special Collections at the University of Bradford: over 100 collections of rare books and archives, almost a kilometre in shelf length, relating to University or Yorkshire history, or University areas of excellence from archaeology to Yugoslavia. The J.B. Priestley Archive is probably our best-known collection and peace history our speciality.

The collections include manuscripts, letters, photographs, artworks, newspapers, maps, pamphlets, objects, pipes (Priestley's) and, increasingly, digital files. We aim to take the very best care of these unique treasures while offering help and support to those who wish to use them.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Access to Special Collections is supervised and by appointment only.

Closed: Sat, Sun

Admission charges

No charge for access, some charges for reprographic and other extra services.

Over 100 collections of archives and rare books, with particular strengths in modern history, peace, nonviolence, social change, politics, literature, religion, Quaker history, archaeology, Yorkshire and Bradford, textiles. Items include letters, photographs, maps, manuscripts, newspapers and many pamphlets. Non-University members welcome, access is supervised and by appointment only.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Science and Technology, Religion, Photography, Personalities, Performing Arts, Literature, Industry, Film and Media, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • J.B. Priestley
  • Nuclear disarmament symbol original sketches by Gerald Holtom (aka peace sign, peace symbol, CND symbol)
  • Arthur Raistrick
  • Reynolds News
  • Sir Isaac Holden
  • Jacquetta Hawkes
  • Yorkshire Dales

Special Collections of the J B Priestley Library, University of Bradford
Special Collections, J.B. Priestley Library,
University of Bradford.
West Yorkshire


Special Collections





Special Collections

01274 235256

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