Taylor Dyson Library Fonds
1788-2002The Taylor Dyson Collection of Yorkshire books were amassed by Taylor Dyson, a former Headmaster of King James grammar school in Almondbury 1913-1945, who gifted the collection to the school. When King James' ceased to have a sixth form the collection was placed on loan with Greenhead College. The library as a specific and named collection was deposited with the University Archives in 2010 by the Old Almondburians.
The Library chiefly consists of books relating to Yorkshire and in particular to the district of Kirklees.
Taylor Dyson, a former Headmaster of King James' grammar school in Almondbury 1913-1945, wrote amongst others 'Almondbury and it's ancient school' and 'A History of Huddersfield'. He gifted his own extensive collection of relevant books on local history to King James' where it was kept in the headmaster's study. Between 1952-1954 the staff at King James' sought to expand pupils' exposure to extra-curricula activities which resulted in various societies being founded. The idea was to provide a wider general education so that the pupils would learn more about the world around them than could simply be taught through the then curriculum. Therefore in 1953-54 the Taylor Dyson Memorial library became available for pupils' use either through consultation or borrowing. This collection was increased through donations from various Old Boys parents and others. During it's time at King James' the collection was the responsibilty of various schoolmasters who were made responsible for it's upkeep and maintanence.
Textile Fabrics of India Archive Fonds
1866In 1866 the Secretary of State for India presented to Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution a set of 18 volumes containing 700 working samples of cotton, silk and woollen textiles obtained from different parts of India. A total of twenty sets of these fabrics were prepared, at considerable cost, with the purpose of exhibiting to English merchants and manufacturers interested in the Indian trade specimens of all the important textile materials used by the people of India. Thirteen of these sets were to be deposited at selected institutions in England and seven in India. The selection of Huddersfield as a place of deposit reflects its importance as a textile town and the importance of the Mechanics' Institution as a centre of learning.
The complete set of volumes of Textile Fabrics of India has not survived. The volumes which remain have been deposited in the University's Archives and Special Collections. A finding aid publication written by the original curator as a guide to the fabrics contained in the volumes is also available with the collection. J. Forbes Watson, The Textile Manufactures and the Costumes of the People of India (Varanasi: Indological Book House, 1982).
This collection of fabrics from India contains Men's Garments (from Madras, Canara, Bombay, Sind, Punjab). Boy's Garments (from Canara), Women's Garments (from Madras, Canara, Dharwar, Calcutta, Pegu, Nepal) , Girl's Garments from (Madras), Muslins (from Bengal, Patna, Calcutta, Deccan), Cotton and Silk (from Bengal, Rajpootana States, Benares, Bombay), Piece Goods (from Benares, Bombay, Punjab), Chintzes (from Madras), Table Napkins (from Madras and Bombay), Towels (from Madras), Rugs (from Madras and Bengal), Handkerchiefs (from Madras), Long Cloth (from Madras).
Ted Hughes Network Archive FondsTed Hughes publications. Includes artwork, broadsides, posters, and proofs, alongside books.
Terry Wynn Archive Fonds
1961-2010The collection is divided into three sections;
1. Correspondences and Photographs relating to Terry Wynn, the European parliament or Rugby League (1988-2005)
2. Programmes and memorabilia collected by Terry Wynn (1961-2010)
3. Magazines collected by Terry Wynn (Open Rugby: The League Magazine and Rugby League World (1980-2010))
The White Line - Here, There, Then, Now Oral History Project Fonds
2017-2018This HLF heritage project explored the experiences of those living through the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Oral history interviews were carried out with people who eventually migrated to Huddersfield to record their memories of pre-Partition, the Partition era and what happened afterwards.
The project led to the creation of a film and educational resources to allow newer generations to connect and empathise with the past and across different communities.
Up and Under Project Archive Fonds
1990sThis collection will be catalogued by Dec 2018.
Plus website - transferred to CLS Dec 2010.
Whitley Family Papers Fonds
1840s-1930sPapers belonging to members of the wider family of J.H. Whitley, former Speaker of the House of Commons and Chairman of the BBC.
Huddersfield Branch of the British Federation of Women Graduates Fonds
1923-2012This collection contains the records of the Huddersfield branch of the British Federation of Women Graduates. It contains minutes of meetings, membership records, treasurer and president project files and cuttings of the activities of the federation. It also contains photographs and records of individual members, details of anniversaries, and copies of nationally and regionally important circulars.
Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire) Collection FondsThis major collection comprises more than 25,000 printed items and some manuscripts related to Yorkshire Methodism that supplements official records deposited in the various Yorkshire local authority archives. It has a considerable number of chapel histories (but no registers) and supporting biographies/autobiographies.
There are also general Methodist histories, Conference minutes, the Methodist Recorder newspaper and other journals and magazines.
The collection is maintained by the Wesley Historical Society Yorkshire. Further information about the Society may be obtained from http://www.wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk/societies.html
Bell, William, Archive Fonds
Early 20th centuryArchitectural drawings collection.