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Special Collections

Home to over 150 collections of rare books and archives on the history of the University, Bradford, Yorkshire, history, politics, literature, archaeology and much more, our best-known being the Archive of J.B. Priestley. Our collections are open to everyone and include manuscripts, letters, photographs, artworks, newspapers, maps, pamphlets, objects, pipes (Priestley's) and digital files. Discover more with our 100 Objects online exhibition.

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Did you see our Archivist in the Guardian?  'The bone collector'

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