Leeds Poetry 1950-1980

Leeds University Library holds extensive archives (including original manuscripts, correspondence and tape-recordings) relating to poets working at or connected with the University between 1950 and 1980. As a whole, these resources bear witness to a vibrant regional literary culture centred on the University in the post-war period, and have much to offer scholars, historians, and readers of modern English poetry.

For many years, the research value of the Leeds Poetry collections was constrained, largely as a result of deficiencies and inconsistencies in their cataloguing. Records for constituent groups of material were held in different formats, to different standards, and with differing levels of detail; some of the resources were completely unrecorded. Despite the scope of the collections, it was difficult to pursue common themes across manuscript groups, or to investigate the inter-relationships between the poets; much significant information was virtually inaccessible.


Principal investigator
Professor John Whale
Start date
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Completion date
Saturday, December 1, 2007