The Borthwick Institute for Archives is the specialist archive service of the University of York, York, England. It is one of the biggest archive repositories outside London. The Borthwick was founded in 1953 as The Borthwick Institute of Historical Research. It was originally based at St Anthony's Hall, a fifteenth-century guild hall on Peaseholme Green, in central York. It is now based in a new, purpose-built building, situated adjacent to the J.B. Morrell Library on the University of York's Heslington campus. This new building was made possible due to a grant of £4.4 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund and designed by Leach Rhodes Walker and Buro Happold.
Archives and Rare Books
- Records of the Diocese of York, including probate records and parish records for York and the surrounding area
- Non-conformist records, including Methodist, Quaker, Unitarian and Congregational archives.
- Hospital records, with a specialism in mental healthcare. Hospital archives include The Retreat, Clifton Hospital, Bootham Park Hospital, and Naburn Hospital.
- Business records, including the archives of the Rowntree and Terry's confectionery companies, Vickers scientific instrument makers, and Sessions of York publishers.
- Environmental records, including the archives of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the York and District Field Naturalists' Society
- Records of prominent Yorkshire families, including York Quaker families such as Rowntree and Tuke, and local gentry and aristocratic families such as the Earls of Halifax, the Yarburgh family of Heslington Hall, and the Milnes Coates family of Helperby Hall.
- Educational records, including the archive of the University of York, the records of the Quaker Mount School for girls, the York Blue Coat and Grey Coat charity schools, Ripon Grammar School, and the Yorkshire School for the Blind.
- Records relating to social welfare and reform, including the personal and professional papers of pioneering social scientist Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, and the archives of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.
- Records relating to Southern Africa, based on the collections of the university's former Centre for Southern African Studies.
- Music and performance records, including the archives of playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn, screenwriters Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, writer and stage director Julia Pascal, and actress Yvonne Mitchell.
The University of York Library holds a range of valuable collections which can be viewed in the Borthwick Institute searchroom. Collection strengths include medicine, Yorkshire, music, theology, the history of art, stained glass, literature and poetry.
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- Official website
- Repository details at the National Archives website
- Borthcat - the Borthwick Institute's online catalogue
- The Borthwick Blog - news and research from the archives
- The Cause Papers - a searchable catalogue of more than 14,000 cause papers relating to cases heard between 1300 and 1858 in the Church Courts of the diocese of York.
- York's Archbishops Registers Revealed - over 20,000 images of Registers produced by the Archbishops of York, 1225-1650, with index
- The Retreat Archive - a pioneering mental health archive digitised by the Wellcome Library
- Lascelles Slavery Archive - selected images and descriptions of the West Indian plantation records of the Earls of Harewood