fonds UL9 - Letters and papers found in books in the J. B. Morrell Library

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Letters and papers found in books in the J. B. Morrell Library


  • [1659]-1962 (Creation)

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0.02 cubic metres

1 box

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Biographical history

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.

The Borthwick Institute provides a records management and archive service for the corporate records of its parent body, and leads on the University's Data Protection and Freedom of Information compliance. In 2012 the Borthwick Institute began to establish a digital archive at the Borthwick Institute with the appointment of a Digital Archivist.

Archival history

This archive forms part of the University Library Manuscripts collection.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in the 1960s.

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Scope and content

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, [1659]

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


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. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

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.

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • Latin

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The archive has not yet been catalogued.

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Related units of description

The Borthwick Institute also holds the archive of John Bowes Morrell and of the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield.

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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, 28.04.17.




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