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School of Scottish Studies Archives

The School of Scottish Studies was established in 1951, at the University of Edinburgh, to collect, preserve, research, and publish material relating to the cultural traditions and folklore of Scotland.

The extensive collections, including ethnological fieldwork undertaken by staff and students over the past seventy years, include a sound archive comprising some 33,000 recordings, a photographic archive containing thousands of images from the 1930s onwards, a small film and video collection and a manuscript archive.

Collecting has focused on Scottish life, folklore and the traditional arts.  Material comes from communities throughout Scotland and its diaspora. The main languages of Scotland - Gaelic, Scots and English - are all represented including many dialects that are now extinct.

Donations include related material from other countries, for example, the John Levy Collection, recordings of traditional music from Asia and beyond.

Sound Archive

History and resources of the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive.

Photographic Archive

The Photographic Archive came into being when the School of Scottish Studies was established in 1951.


Information about the School of Scottish Studies Archive's manuscripts