Welcome to the Leeds Diocesan Archives from the Archivist, Robert Finnigan KSS, BSc, MPhil
The following pages describe the Diocesan Archives, the department's purpose and how to access the collections.
The Leeds Diocesan Archives were established in 1958 by Bishop Dwyer. From 1958 until his retirement in 2005 the Diocesan Archivist was the late Mgr George Bradley.
As well as assisting in the present-day administration of the Diocese, the archives have long been a rich source of material for historians.
A significant part of the collection pre-dates the creation of the Diocese of Leeds in 1878 and derives from the Diocese of Beverley (1850-78) and the earlier Northern and Yorkshire Districts (1688-1850).
Anyone with an interest in the history of the Leeds Diocese or the development of the Catholic Church in the North of England over the past two hundred years will find much to interest them in the records held by the Docesan Archives.
Each of the following sections will give you an idea of the kind of material we hold at the present time together with details of the facilities available to researchers.
I hope that you will find this an informative and interesting aspect of the Diocese of Leeds.
Opposite: One of JH Eastwood's drawings for the new Saint Anne's Cathedral, which was completed in 1904.