fonds JL - Records of James Leaf of Naburn

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Records of James Leaf of Naburn


  • 1883-1941 (Creation)

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0.02 cubic metres

1 box

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Name of creator

(fl 1842-1963)

Biographical history

James Leaf was born in Naburn, Yorkshire, c.1842, the son of James Leaf, fisherman, and his wife Ann. Initially he followed the same occupation as his father. The 1861 and 1871 census record him as a fisherman, still unmarried and living at home.

In 1873 he married Mary Fawcett; their son James was born c.1875, followed by Jane c.1877, Mary c.1881 and Ann c.1882. In the 1881 census James was still described as a fisherman but by 1891 he was described as a self-employed fisherman and farmer, a status he maintained in 1901 and 1911.

James Leaf died in Naburn on the 28 November 1911, leaving his business to his son James Leaf Junior, described as a lock keeper in the 1901 census but by 1911 working as a salmon fisherman. In 1907 James had married Edith Mary Chapman. As of 1911 they had no children.

James Leaf Junior died in 1963 at the age of 88.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute by the family in 2005.

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Scope and content

Account book, including rent from and expenses for houses in York, 1883-1898; fishing records, 1907-1916; farm and fishing accounts, 1911-1941.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 01.05.15.




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