Records of Leeds Friends Tract Association

Scope and Content

Minutes of committee, 1873-1889, 1899-1911 (2 vols.) [O 71, 72/1]; including annual reports and accounts; Receipts for tracts purchased, 1886-1924 (1 bundle) [O 72/2-69]

Administrative / Biographical History

The Leeds Friends Tract Association was formed in 1854, for the purpose of distributing Christian tracts, such as those produced by the Friends Tract Associations in London and York. The city was divided into districts, each with a Friend responsible for maintaining a stock of tracts for loan or distribution. Tracts were also supplied to Friends Meetings and Adult Schools in Leeds and the West Riding. The Association was active until around 1889; in 1899, the work revived under a Tract Committee of Leeds: Carlton Hill Preparative Meeting, but eventually ceased in the mid-1920s.


The records are numbered and arranged according to the system used when they were in Carlton Hill Meeting House

Conditions Governing Access

The conditions of deposit include a clause requiring written prior permission from a Friend Custodian for access to consult current legal documents and any material less than fifty years old

Acquisition Information

The collection of archives of the Society of Friends formerly held at the Friends Meeting House at Carlton Hill, Leeds


In English

Other Finding Aids

Contents listed in Handlist 99, "Inventory of the records of Brighouse, Knaresborough, Leeds, and Settle Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends formerly preserved at the Friends Meeting house, Carlton Hill, Leeds", 2nd edition, 1997

Conditions Governing Use

As with access, the photocopying of current legal documents and any material less than fifty years old requires the permission of a Friend Custodian

Related Material

Related material in Leeds University Library: Records of Leeds: Carlton Hill Preparative Meeting

Additional Information

The records are deposited and remain the property of the Society of Friends