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Special Collections Acquisitions and Transfers

We add to our collections by donation, purchase and by transfer within the University. This page provides guidance and contact information if you have something to offer us or to discuss with us.

University Archives

As well as fitting with our Collecting Policy, internal transfers to University Archives are also based on what has been designated for transfer in active retention schedules developed by or in conjunction with the Records Management Section.

Legacy material that conforms to our Archival Selection Criteria will also be accepted for transfer.

Collecting Policy

Records Management Section

For further information, please contact the Deputy University Archivist.

Grant Buttars

Archivist: University Archives and Technical Systems

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Merged Institutions

Acquisitions of material relating to the pre-merger Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Moray House and Edinburgh College of Art are dealt with by the Merged Institutions Archivist

Rachel Hosker

Archives Manager

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Archives, Manuscripts & Personal Papers

Acquisitions of personal papers, non-corporate archives and manuscripts are dealt with by the Acquisition and Scottish Literary Collections Curator.

Dr Paul Barnaby

Acquisition and Scottish Literary Collections Curator

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Rare Books & Manuscripts

The criteria for what we collect is laid out in our Acquisitions Policy.

For more information on Rare Books acquisitions, please contact the Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian.


Joseph Marshall

Head of Special Collections

  • Library and University Collections

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Friends of Edinburgh University Library

For more information about the Friends of Edinburgh University Library, who support many of our purchases in rare books and manuscripts, please see their website.