The small Manuscript Archive was built up for research purposes.
It comprises original manuscripts and copies of notable manuscripts from other institutions along with in-house material relating to the history and collections of the School of Scottish Studies.
There is a variety of material including verse, tales, descriptions of Scottish life and folklore, in Gaelic, Scots and English, along with song and music collections. Among collections initiated by the School are the Donald John MacDonald MSS containing Gaelic tales and tradition from South Uist and the Calum Maclean Notebooks, transcriptions of tales from Highland areas collected in the 1950s, now digitised as part of the Calum Maclean project. Donations and deposits include the Lady Evelyn Stewart Murray MSS, 19th century tales in Perthshire Gaelic, field notes from Joan and Tom Flett containing dance notation, recipes collected by Anna Susanna Hope of Hopetoun House in 1786, the Eliza Ross MSS of Highland airs and the MacLagan MSS, around 9000 items of folklore collected over a century ago as part of a survey entitled Folklore of the West Highlands. As with the sound archive, all areas of Scotland are covered. It is worth noting that there is an extensive collection of ancillary material published in the periodicals, dating back to the 19th century, which are held in the departmental library.
Listings of the material are held in the Archive. Please contact the Archives Curator, Dr Cathlin Macaulay, for further details.
Tales from Highland Perthshire collected by Lady Evelyn Stewart Murray, Sylvia Robertson and Tony Dilworth (eds), Scottish Gaelic Texts Society, 2009.
The Elizabeth Ross Manuscript , Original Highland Airs Collected at Raasay in 1812, by Elizabeth Jane Ross. Peter Cooke, Morag MacLeod and Colm Ó Baoill (eds), 2011.