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Launch of New Photographic Collections Site

We’ve spent some time recently working on replacing our aging photographic collections site – you can see the new and improved site here https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/library/special-collections/photographs/. The main aim of the new site is to improve the discoverability, usability and shareability of our amazing collection of photographs in all formats and of all ages. The result is…

2 April 2020Announcements Photographic Collection

Tribute to Dr Robert N Smart (1931-2019)

The Special Collections Division of the University Library is very sad to note the death of Dr Robert N Smart on 21 July 2019, aged 87. Born in Abernethy, Bob attended St Andrews from 1949-53, graduating with an MA in Modern and Medieval History, after which he gained a diploma in palaeography and archive administration…

26 July 2019Announcements

Visiting Scholars Talks 2019

We are pleased to announce our programme of talks for the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections Visiting Scholars 2019 session. All our Visiting Scholar talks will be taking place in the Napier Reading Room at Martyrs Kirk Research Library, North Street, St Andrews. 11 July 2019, 2pm – Daniel Belteki (University of Kent), ‘Scotch…

4 July 2019Announcements Visiting Scholars

The Origins of Photography Great Britain: St Andrews

Last week a major exhibition, The Origin of Photography Great Britain, on the birth of British photography opened in Japan at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Curator Keishi Mitsui had been working on this exhibition for several years and this also included multiple research trips to the UK, including St Andrews and the Library’s Special…

14 March 2019Announcements exhibitions Photographic Collection

University of St Andrews Library Special Collections Visiting Scholarship Scheme 2019

We are pleased to announce that the University of St Andrews Library is now accepting applications for the Special Collections Visiting Scholarship Scheme 2019. Visiting Scholarships are an opportunity for applicants external to the University of St Andrews to research a topic in the Library’s Special Collections. The scholarships are open to all interested researchers,…

3 December 2018Announcements Visiting Scholars

Rebel Women – Women’s Liberation Movement in the Aien

Next week the University Library will have on display a selection of items from our Special Collections (in facsimile) celebrating the women who have opposed the norms of their day and pioneered change in society. The theme of this display is ‘Rebel Women’ – the Library’s contribution to Book Week Scotland’s theme of ‘Rebel’. A…

16 November 2018Announcements Rare Book Collection

New Catalogue: Papers of Professor Alexander Danchev

The papers of the late Professor Alex Danchev (1955-2016), Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews from 2014 to his death in 2016, have been donated to the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections, and have now been catalogued thanks to a generous donation (ms39008). Danchev graduated with a first-class degree in History…

9 March 2018Announcements Archives Manuscript Collection

Season’s Greetings from Echoes from the Vault

Echoes from the Vault will be taking a break over the seasonal period but we will be back in January 2018. Season’s Greetings to All!

23 December 2017Announcements

Winner of the James D. Forbes Collecting Prize 2017

The winner of the James D. Forbes Collecting Prize 2017, Arthur der Weduwen, tells us about his collection… My book collection attempts to offer a representative sample of the cheap and ephemeral “daily literature” of the Dutch Golden Age (c. 1588-1713). This includes official print (ordinances, edicts, proclamations), pamphlets, newspapers, devotional literature, and any other cheap…

27 November 2017Announcements book collecting Rare Book Collection

Lawrence Levy Golf Photography Project comes to an end

This week sees the culmination of a five-year project undertaken by the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews Library with the rounding up of the Lawrence Levy Golf Photography Collection Project. Lawrence Levy was a renowned professional golf photographer active from 1979 until his untimely illness in 1993 and subsequent death in…

23 November 2017Announcements Photographic Collection Projects