Overview

Special Collections include manuscripts and archives, rare books, photographs, printed and handwritten music, architectural drawings, theses and microforms. The collections relate to University of Edinburgh and its history, and to Scotland and the wider world.

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Catalogues and resources

An overview of the various catalogues that we have. Links to online catalogues and databases.

Catalogues and resources

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Rare Books and Manuscripts

The University's collections are internationally important and include many unique books.

Rare Books and Manuscripts

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Archives

Archives of the University, its affiliates and predecessors, student societies and similar. Also numerous other collections of archives and manuscripts.

Archives

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Theses

We hold most higher degree theses awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Theses

Scottish Literary Papers

We hold literary manuscripts, correspondence, and personal papers by major Scottish writers.

Scottish Literary Papers

Acquisitions

We acquire material by purchase, donation, and internal transfer.

Acquisitions


In total we have about 35 kilometres of historic material, much of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. They are available for consultation in the CRC Reading Room.


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