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Archives, Manuscripts and Personal Papers

We hold several thousand linear metres of manuscripts and archives which have been acquired by gift, deposit or purchase.

We hold several thousand linear metres of manuscripts and archives which have been acquired by gift, deposit or purchase. These collections are diverse but have particular strengths in medical and scientific history, Scottish literature, Middle Eastern studies, architecture, music, Gaelic and Celtic studies, theology and the history and development of the University. We are continually acquiring further collections which build on and expand these areas.

Collection Strengths

  • Papers of major Scottish Enlightenment figures
  • Papers of major Scottish scientists from the 17th century to the present
  • Papers of key figures in Scottish literature and culture
  • Drawings and papers of architects and town planners
  • Papers of former staff and alumni of the University