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Edinburgh University Archives

Edinburgh University Archives document all aspects of the university’s life since its foundation in 1582.

They chart the development of thinking and research in subjects ranging from medicine to literature, geology to art, education to sports science, philosophy to international relations. The University Archives include the records of the university's governing bodies (the University Court and Senatus Academicus) , faculties, schools, departments, and institutes. They also cover institutions that have merged with the university, including Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh College of Art, Royal Dick Veterinary College, and New College. In addition to academic records, we hold the archives of Edinburgh University Students’ Association and of many clubs, societies, and other organizations associated with the University.

The University Archives document over 400 years of teaching, learning, administration and student life, and place the University both on the international stage and in a local context.

What Kinds of Records Are There?

  • Minutes of Meetings of the University Court, Senatus Academic, and committees
  • Minutes of Faculties
  • Matriculation and Graduation records
  • Student class lists
  • University Calendars and publications
  • Records of departments, centres, institutes, etc.
  • Examination papers
  • Records of clubs and societies
  • Photographs of staff, students, and places

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Records can be ordered and consulted at Edinburgh University Library's Centre for Research Collections.


Grant Buttars

Archivist: University Archives and Technical Systems

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Dr Paul Barnaby

Centre for Research Collections

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