The university of Edinburgh has a wealth of resources available for staff and students involved with art historical research.
Part of the University's Information Services Group, Edinburgh University Library is decentralised and operates on a number of sites around the City, including our own Art and Architecture library.
The Main Library is the largest unit in the system and supports all three colleges of the University. The Main Library is home to extensive collections of books and journals as well as a range of digital resource databases.
The Special Collections of the University of Edinburgh contain the Rare Books and Publications archive, the Manuscript and Personal Papers archive, the university archive and the University Theses collections. It also contains a number of online image collections that can be accessed by staff and research students.
The University of Edinburgh is home to around 200,000 artefacts, works of art, potted material, models, specimens, musical instruments and scientific apparatus.
These collections are all available for researchers, and can be found through the university's information services and library website.
The University fine arts collections contains over 1200 items, and are the result of collecting activity over a long period of time.
The University’s Fine Art Collections are notable for their emphasis on Dutch and Flemish art of the 17th and 18th centuries, Scottish portraits, and modern Scottish art. Both abstract and figurative traditions are well represented.
The special collections, museums and galleries collections, and fine arts collections are all hosted by the Centre for Research Collections (CRC).
The Centre for Research Collections is the main space for anyone using Edinburgh University Library's historic collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives, fine art and museum objects. In addition to the above, it hosts the University Archives, the Lothian Health Services Archive and Museums support.
This article was published on Sep 13, 2012