From here you can download a copy of the NIAB archive handlist.
To search the Handlist, use the Ctrl-F function (Cmd-F on Mac computers) to open a search box. There you can then enter any key words you would like to search for. However, as this is a relatively short handlist, it is recommended that a thorough reading of it in its entirety would probably yield the best results. Important documents can be found within each Collection.
To arrange to consult the archive material, in the first instance please email Dominic Berry on
ph09djb [at] leeds.ac.uk
Please try to arrange your visit well in advance, as there is no permanent member of staff responsible for the archive. All visitors will rely upon the good will of NIAB staff members to show them the archive room, answer any questions, and provide assistance.
Visitors who plan on publishing their material, in any form, will be required to sign an agreement with NIAB that the Institute will receive copies of these publications for approval before the Institute’s archive material can be used in this fashion.
When consulting the archive, you will be asked to remove no more than two boxes from the shelves at any one time. This will help to prevent admixture amongst the files. You are also kindly asked to return any items in the boxes in the numerical order that you found them.
There are 10 collections in the NIAB archive, the photographic archive making an 11th. Access to the photographic archive can be arranged for those looking to consult the other archive materials. It is separated purely for cataloguing purposes.
When you have identified the items you would like to consult, you will find them in boxes arranged on two sets of shelves. To help you find the various Collections more quickly, each corresponds to a different colour sticker attached to the label on the front of the box.
C – Council
T – Trialling and Multiplication
D – Director and Deputy Director
K – Kelly
O – Official Seed Testing Station
G – Governmental and Royally Appointed Bodies
S – Secretary
E – Executive Committee and Sub-Executive Committee
B – Buildings, Farms and Sub-Stations
F – Finance