Information about the University's 'own' Archives, what they are, how they relate to other collections, and how they are managed.
The term "Edinburgh University Archives" relates both to the historical records and to the function we perform within the University.
We hold the archives of the University of Edinburgh, its affiliates and predecessors (such as the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College and Moray House College of Education). Although we have early material dating from the 16th century onwards, the bulk of our holdings date from the 19th century.
There is no neat separation between collections of University Archives and the other collections of manuscripts and archives held by Special Collections. Generally speaking, however, the institutional records, the student clubs and similar are classed as University Archives while the likes of personal papers, business records and historic manuscripts are classed as being Manuscripts and Archives.
The University Archives are constantly growing as material designated for permanent retention drops out of current use and is transferred to us.
The University Archives are managed by the University Archivist (who is Head of Special Collections) and Deputy University Archivist, with support from other colleagues within Special Collections. If you need to contact us about anything, please direct general research enquiries to the main CRC enquiries team. For matters of policy and similar, please contact the University Archivist. For anything else, please contact the Deputy University Archivist.
This article was published on Mar 7, 2013