Personal Records of the Archbishop

Scope and Content

The main sections are as follows:

  • Appointments of Archbishops [ABP 1]. 3 boxes. 1607-1929.
  • Grant of prison by King Edward IV to Archbishop George Neville [ABP 2]. 1 item. 1467.
  • Correspondence and Papers of Matthew Hutton (1595-1606), Tobias Matthew (1606-1628) and William Thomson (1863-1890) [ABP 3/1-3]. 3 boxes.
  • Bishopthorpe Palace: miscellaneous papers regarding building and insurance [ABP 4]. 1888-1920. 1 bundle.
  • Queen's College, Oxford: documents and letters [ABP 5]. 1720-1878. 1 box.
  • Memorials to archbishops: forms, documents and circulars [ABP 6]. 1863-1908. 1 box.

Administrative / Biographical History

These are a miscellaneous collection of documents connected directly with the Archbishop of York. There is considerable overlap between these and the personal papers of the archbishops in the Bishopthorpe series (see GB 193 BP.C&P and GB 193 BP 1).


The system of arrangement is reflected in the scope and content.

Access Information

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation and the wishes of the donors/owners.

Acquisition Information

The Diocesan Registrar has deposited records relating to the Diocese of York at the Borthwick Institute since 1953.

Other Finding Aids

A hard-copy finding aid is available at the Borthwick Institute, and an online guide can be found at

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Large documents, parchment, unbound books, bundles of letters and papers.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Martyn Lawrence, Archives Hub project archivist, August 2005, with reference to the following:

  • David M. Smith, A Guide to the Archive Collections in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research (York, 1973)
  • David M. Smith, A Supplementary Guide to the Archive Collections in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research (York, 1980)
  • Alexandrina Buchanan, A Guide to Archival Accessions at the Borthwick Institute 1981-1996 (York, 1997)

Conditions Governing Use

A reprographics service is available to researchers. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute, University of York 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.

Appraisal Information

These records have been appraised in accordance with Borthwick Institute policy.

Custodial History

See J.S. Purvis, Towards a University (York, 1968), for information regarding the history of the York Diocesan Archive and its deposit at the Borthwick Institute.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

York Diocesan Archive.