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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.

29 George Square remains closed, but access to collections is OPEN

Though physical access to the School of Scottish Studies Archive & Library at 29 George Square remains closed, services have been developed to provide ongoing access to collections.

The extensive collections, the core of which is the 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. The Scottish Studies library of ethnological publications, both Scottish and international, is used as a resource to contextualise the fieldwork material.

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.

Visitor Information

Information about access to the School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library

Services

The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library provide a broad range of services. Some are delivered directly and others are delivered through the Centre for Research Collections.

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.

Library

Book son the shelf of the Scottish Studies Library
Information on Library materials held by the School of Scottish Studies Archives and how to access them.

Manuscripts and Special Collections

Information about the School of Scottish Studies Archive's manuscripts and Special Collection

Archive publications and online resources

Books and websites produced by, or in conjunction with, the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

Archive news & events

Updates and events from the School of Scottish Studies Archives.