Our Archives collections comprise both those created by the University itself and those we have acquired from external sources. They represent a rich record of human activity covering many disciplines, locations and periods.
Catalogues, Resources & Guides
As well as our main catalogue, this includes our database to some of our alumni, interim catalogues/lists and specific research guides.
The University's archives date from its foundation in 1583, following on from a charter from King James VI the year before.
The University of Edinburgh has merged with a number of other institutions whose archives we also hold.
Archives, Manuscripts and Personal Papers
We hold several thousand linear metres of manuscripts and archives which have been acquired by gift, deposit or purchase.