Shares registers of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society

Scope and Content

Comprises a register of old and new proprietary shares, 1872-1921, and a register of transfer of shares, 1873-1921 (with an alphbaetical index of share holders)

Administrative / Biographical History

The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society was founded in 1819 and played an important role in further education, in both the sciences and the humanities, in Leeds throughout most of the 19th century. The changing patterns of higher education and other circumstances were causing the Society to reconsider the scope of its activities by the time of the First World War; after the War the Society transferred its museum to the City of Leeds and its library to the University, and concentrated its efforts on publishing the results of research, issuing since 1925 two series of Proceedings (Literary and Historical and Scientific).

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Deposited in June 1976 by transfer from Leeds City Archives department (reference DB), where they had originally been deposited


In English

Related Material

For other archival materials relating to the Society, see MSS 236, 237, and Dep. 1975/1. Further archives, so far unlisted, were deposited by the Society in 1999.