Information Services


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

Masson Hall residents, 1935
The University's archives date from its foundation in 1583, following on from a charter from King James VI the year before.

Merged Institutions

The University of Edinburgh has merged with a number of other institutions whose archives we also hold.

Archives, Manuscripts and Personal Papers

Geological cross-section (Charlotte Murchison)
We hold several thousand linear metres of manuscripts and archives which have been acquired by gift, deposit or purchase.

Who to contact

Sophia Jex-Blake
Depending on your enquiry, there are various ways to contact us.