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The Borthwick Institute of Historical Research was established in 1953 and was run by the Academic Development Committee of York Civic Trust (to 1956) and then by the York Academic Trust (1956-1963). These were both independent bodies which had no national or local government support.
The Borthwick Institute was founded as part of a programme of academic activities designed to support the city of York's campaign for a university, to provide more suitable accommodation for the York Diocesan Archive and to make this archive publicly available to scholars for the first time. The Borthwick was supported by an endowment, the Borthwick Trust, and was situated at St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York. The Borthwick became part of the new University of York in October 1963.
In 2005 the Borthwick’s new £6.5m state-of-the-art accommodation opened on the University of York’s Heslington campus. The new building was supported by a major grant of £4,415,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In the same year the Borthwick merged with the University Library. It was renamed the Borthwick Institute for Archives and became part of the University Library and Archives.
Since 2004 the Borthwick Institute has provided a records management and archive service for the corporate records of its parent body, the University of York. The University Records Manager and Archivist is also the University's Data Protection and Freedom of Information officer. In 2012 the Borthwick Institute began to establish a digital archive at the Borthwick Institute with the appointment of a Digital Archivist.
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Miscellaneous items found in various books in the J. B. Morrell Library at the University of York, including,
Correspondence of W. J. Hodgetts, botanist, including discussion of work on South African algae, c.1922-1947
Correspondence of Helen Darbishire, English literary scholar and Principal of Somerville College, Oxford, including some family papers, 1874-1960
Morrell family correspondence, 1892-1951
Map of Britain comparing the English and Bohemian civil wars, 
Letter from William Michael Rosetti to Mr Lambert regarding exhibition of paintings, 1857
Letters to Professor Henry Carter Adams of Cornell University from Henry Wood, author of ‘Natural Law in the Business World’, and from J. B. Clark, 1877 and n.d.
Bill from Montagu Brown Taxidermist of Birmingham, [late 19th century]
Copy of The North Star Newspaper, 13 January 1896
Manuscript poem about the Backhouse family of York, 1896
Letters concerning the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, 1904, 1907, 1933
Letters and papers of Reverend Joseph Edleston, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Vicar of Gainford, [1856-1861]
Poster for the opening of the Wistow, Cawood and Selby Railway, n.d.
Letter concerning history of Cawood with copy of rules and regulations of tenants of field gardens and allotments at Cawood enclosed, c.1862
Copy of ‘Act to provide better dwellings for Artizans and labourers’, 1869
Letter from Ashley Dukes of Mercury Theatre, London, to ‘Snowball,’ 1942
Postcards of Gisborough Priory and Skelton, with notes, n.d.
Papers concerning Mansion House, York, including notes and press cuttings, [early 20th century]
Extracts from ‘John O’ London’s Weekly’ concerning William Wordsworth, 1935
Reviews of H. M. Margoliouth’s publication on Wordsworth and Coleridge, c.1954
Copy of letter from the Earl of Powys concerning nomination for Chancellorship of Cambridge University, 1847
Typescript review of ‘Literature and Science’ by Aldous Huxley, n.d.
Letters to William Beveridge from the Unemployment Assistance Board and from an unknown writer concerning his report, 1937, 1943
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Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998.
24 hours’ notice is required to access photographic material.
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