Borthwick Institute for Archives
The Borthwick Institute for Archives is the specialist archive
An archive is a collection of historical records, or the physical place they are located. Archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization's lifetime, and are kept to show the function of an organization...

 service of the University of York
University of York
The University of York , is an academic institution located in the city of York, England. Established in 1963, the campus university has expanded to more than thirty departments and centres, covering a wide range of subjects...

, York
York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence...

, England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

. It is one of the biggest archive repositories outside London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

. The Borthwick was founded in 1953 as The Borthwick Institute for Historical Research. It was originally based at St Anthony's Hall
St Anthony's Hall
St Anthony's Hall in York, England, is a former medieval guildhall and Grade I listed building. It currently houses the Quilt Museum and Gallery.- History :...

, a fifteenth century guild
A guild is an association of craftsmen in a particular trade. The earliest types of guild were formed as confraternities of workers. They were organized in a manner something between a trade union, a cartel, and a secret society...

 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
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund is a fund established in the United Kingdom under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993. The Fund opened for applications in 1994. It uses money raised through the National Lottery to transform and sustain the UK’s heritage...

 and designed by Leach Rhodes Walker and Buro Happold
Buro Happold
Buro Happold is a professional services firm providing engineering consultancy, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of buildings, infrastructure and the environment, with its head office in Bath, Somerset...


Special collections

The special collections
Special collections
In library science, special collections is the name applied to a specific repository or department, usually within a library, which stores materials of a "special" nature, including rare books, archives, and collected manuscripts...

 held by the University of York Library are viewed in the Borthwick Searchrooms.

  • Records of the Diocese of York
    Diocese of York
    The Diocese of York is an administrative division of the Church of England, part of the Province of York. It covers the city of York, the eastern part of North Yorkshire, and most of the East Riding of Yorkshire....

  • Probate Records for the Diocese of York
  • Parish Records for the Archdeaconry of York
    Archdeaconry of York
    The Archdeaconry of York is an archdeaconry, or subdivision, of the Church of England Diocese of York in the Province of York.-People:The archdeaconry is led by the Bishop of Selby, since 4 December 2003 the Rt Revd Martin Wallace, and by the Archdeacon of York, since 1999 the Ven Richard...

  • Records of the York Health Trust
  • Records of local families, e.g. Yarburgh and the Hickleton Wood Family, Earls of Halifax including Edward Wood
    E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
    Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, , known as The Lord Irwin from 1925 until 1934 and as The Viscount Halifax from 1934 until 1944, was one of the most senior British Conservative politicians of the 1930s, during which he held several senior ministerial posts, most notably as...

  • The University of York Archive

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