Collection WYSA-A - West Yorkshire Society of Architects Archive

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West Yorkshire Society of Architects Archive


  • 1929 - 2006 (Accumulation)

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41 boxes and 1 oversize item

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The Leeds Architectural Society was established in 1876, with architect George Corson as its first President. The Society amended its name to The Leeds and Yorkshire Architectural Society in 1883 being formally affiliated to the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1891 and later in 1928 changed its name to the West Yorkshire Society of Architects. Members of the Society were instrumental in the formation of a Leeds School of Architecture in 1902.

Archival history

These are journals and some accumulated records of various functions of the West Yorkshire Society of Architects. Previously stored in Woodhouse Square premises. Latterly they were stored in The Tetley until 2017 when they were transferred to the Archive and Special Collections to be housed with the WYSA Library.

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John Thorp

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Majority of records cover the post-war period from the mid-1940s up to mid-2000s, geographically covering Leeds, West Yorkshire and the wider county. Includes Society published journals, minutes and agenda of WYSA ruling body, lease of premises, articles of association, accounts, trusts and scholarships.

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There was no obvious order to these records on receipt so where appropriate they have been arranged by date and subject matter.

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ISAD (G) 2nd edition


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Dates of creation revision deletion

22 November 2019




Archivist's note

Arranged and described by Keith Rowntree

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