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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.

COVID-10 Closure 17 March 2020

Following recent government advice, we are closing all face-to-face services at the CRC, St Cecilia's Hall, School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library, and the University Collections Facility from 5pm today. Please note, all staff are moving to working from home and will not be on site with collections.

  • We will still be monitoring our email enquiries ( and, where possible, will direct users to relevant online resources.
  • For up to date information about the University of Edinburgh's response to COVID-19 please see the webpages.
  • Information about wider library services will become available shortly on the library webpages.


The extensive collections, the core of which is the ethnological fieldwork undertaken by staff and students over the past sixty 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.

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.


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.

Archive Projects

Archive Projects

Archive & Library Staff

Staff contact details.

Visiting and Opening Hours

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