TitleLeader Collection
AdminHistoryThe Leader family were for three generations proprietors and printers of the 'Independent' newspaper and prominent in civic affairs. This collection relates to their antiquarian interests, and not to their journalistic activities, with a few exceptions.

Daniel Leader (1745 - 1817)

Robert Leader (1779 - 1861), acquired the Sheffield Independent newspaper in 1829.

Robert Leader (1809 - 1885), Alderman.

Robert Eadon Leader (1839 - 1922), journalist, author, Liberal activist, and historian. Son of Robert Leader. Married (1864) Emily Sarah Pye-Smith. In 1892 he stood unsuccessfully as Liberal candidate for the Ecclesall constituency, and was similarly unsuccessful at Bassetlaw (Nottinghamshire) in 1895.

John Daniel Leader (1835 - )
Bolsover court book (minute book of surrenders and admissions), 1729-1741.

Highway surveyors' accounts: Brightside Bierlow, 1788, 1789; Shiregreen and Wincobank, 1805-1824.

Wingfield of Hazleborough, and Harrison of Orgreave. 1593-1806 (54).

Institutions, Societies:
Fulwood Chapel: declaration of trust, 1755, accounts, 1803-1807.
Queen Street Chapel; declaration of duties, signed by 38 members, 1794.
Marriage Law Reform Association: Sheffield Committee minute book, 1851-1855.

Thomas, 1st Earl of Strafford by 3rd creation: 3 small bundles relating to his postal expenses as ambassador to Prussia, and Yorkshire election, 1733-1734.
John Smith of Sheffield and his wife, concerning River Dun Navigation Bill, 1725-1726.
From Liberal politicians who represented Sheffield, and others connected with Liberal politics, mainly to the Leaders, 1833-1894 (pasted in 3 guard books).
Letter from W. C. Beardsall, a Sheffield emigrant to Upper Canada, 1844.
Guard book of letters and autographs of celebrated persons.

Family papers:
Leader family: will, accounts, family letters of Daniel Leader and his son Robert; notebooks and papers of Robert Leader as a young man, including draft advertisement of his taking over the Independent (few).
Read family: letters to John and Joseph Read (including some about the Dun Navigation Co.), 1788-1888; papers relating to canal projects (including Dun Navigation), railways, 1820-1888; letters and papers of John Read from or about Sir Francis Chantrey, 1811-1850; bills of the Reads, Rawsons and Wilsons, 1807-1878.
Memoranda and sermons of the Rev. Samuel Smith, minister of Stannington Chapel, 1713-1716.
Diary ascribed to Joseph Priestley of Heckmondwike, 1759.
Autobiographical miscellany of Joseph Hunter, with original letters of his parents and their relatives.

Original pen drawings of old Sheffield, 1876-1881.

Transcripts, copies:
Parish Registers: Holmesfield (Derbyshire), 1721-1812; Attercliffe Chapel-of-ease, 1719-1761 (indexed) and burial ground inscriptions.

Rate assessment book for including Sheffield Parish Churchyard, 1808.
Journal of Dominique Bourgoing, physician to Mary, Queen of Scots, 1586 (translated from the French).
Notes, historical and topographical Templeborough excavations, 1877: notes.
Notebooks of material relating to Sheffield history made by the Leaders from MSS. in the British Museum, Heralds' College, Lambeth Palace, Norfolk estate office, Revell Grange (Stannington), the Sheffield Church Burgesses, and Town Trust; notes from deeds relating to Town properties, by streets; notes on inns, Congregational chapels (all being material drawn on by the Leaders in their published books, articles and "Local notes and queries" series in the Independent).
Letters on antiquarian subjects, addressed to the Leaders.
Annotated and manuscript copies of many of R. E. Leader's published works, annotated cutting books.

Notes, genealogical:
Pedigrees of a number of local families, and collected material relating to Smith (later Pye-Smith), Bailey, Eadon, Chantrey. Funeral cards and mourning circulars.
Date1589 - 1916
Extentc. 201 items
CustodialHistoryThe major portion of this collection of deeds, and of family and antiquarian papers and miscellaneous notes and volumes was presented to Sheffield City Libraries by Robert Eadon Leader in 1912. It includes notes for the books and papers of his brother John Daniel Leader, and papers originally belonging to John Read of Derwent Hall, as well as miscellaneous items acquired by purchase from various sources. Many of the printed handbills, pamphlets and newspaper cuttings have been placed in the Sheffield local Studies Library collection.
Items LC/132-137 were presented to the libraries by Dr Harold Leader in 1938.

LC/138-140 were presented by R. E. Leader to the City Museum in 1923, and later transferred to the library.

LC/141-185 were presented by the executors of Dr Harold Leader in 1947. This consisted mainly of notebooks, annotated articles and cuttings.

LC/186-194 further notebooks and manuscript lectures were given to the Library by Mr Gardiner of the Sheffield Telegraph in 1954.

LC/197-199 presented by Miss M. M. Leader in October 1941.

LC/200 'found among some miscellaneous papers and added to the collection, May 1967'.

LC/201-202 'transferred from AH stock, 14 Jun 1978'.
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