Resources for researchers investigating the history of the University of Edinburgh, including historic alumni.
UncoverED - A collaborative decolonial research project.
UncoverEd is a collaborative and decolonising research project, funded by Edinburgh Global, which aims to situate the ‘global’ status of the University of Edinburgh in its rightful imperial and colonial context. Led by PhD candidates Henry Dee and Tom Cunningham, the team of eight student researchers are creating a database of students from Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Americas from as early as 1700, and writing social histories of the marginalised student experience. The aim was to produce at least one biography each of a ‘notable’ alumnus, leading up to a website and exhibition in January 2019. The project encourages the University of Edinburgh’s community to reflect on its imperial past and how it played a part in Edinburgh’s status as a ‘global’ university.
Alumni - Digitised Sources
University of Edinburgh Calendars (1858-1920) The calendars include details of the curricula and senior staff at the University.
Earliest laureation album, 1587-1809 (low quality images, but can search by year)
Earliest laureation album, 1587-1809 (high quality images)
Alumni - Divinity Resources
Ministers of all Scottish Presbyterian denominations (best place to start, especially for Free Church)
Church of Scotland ministers, 1560-1929:
More United Presbyterian Church ministers (Theology students listed p.652 onwards)
Early Library Records
This Research Guide looks at the early catalogues and acquisition records, explaining content, inter-connection and some basic analysis, as well as giving some background context to them