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Women’s Golf in St Andrews

We are launching our new-look blog with a story about an old favourite here in St Andrews – golf. The blog has been migrated to a new format to bring it into line with other University blogs. Don’t worry though – all the previous content, which we know is much used and referred to as…

13 May 2020Archives

‘The Papermakers’ – Tullis Russell in film

The Tullis Russell Paper Mills Collection (ms38973) contains records in a variety of formats – paper, photographic, audio tapes, VHS tapes and film reels. Previous blogs on Echoes have highlighted different parts of this collection, including the oral history tapes. As part of our preservation of this collection, we have had digitised some of the…

24 March 2020Archives Audio Visual Collections

Roll up! Roll up! For all the fun of the fair!

Maia Sheridan, our Manuscripts Archivist, discovers our very own ‘Greatest Showman’ in one of our archive collections.  Sometimes fun things happen in the archives. While looking through slightly dull accounts relating to one of the farms in the Douglas of Grangemuir papers (ms38603), my eye was drawn to some faint colour in a pile of…

3 February 2020Archives

Greta Michie: connections between Glenesk and St Andrews reinvigorated

In previous blogs, we have featured reports from the Logjam project highlighting our active management of our archival collections through the appraisal and cataloguing of our archival backlog. Here’s a story about the re-homing of material that falls outwith our collecting policy, where the finding of a new home for papers has restored older links.…

24 January 2020Archives

Cupar Burgh Records – From a Volunteer’s Perspective

Paula, who is volunteering to help with the Archives Revealed project on Cupar’s history tells us about her experiences. I have lived in and around Cupar for nearly 35 years (although I am currently based in Perth) and I have been heavily involved with Cupar Heritage for a number of years. This interest in local…

7 October 2019Archives Volunteers / Placements

Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages

The School of Art History, SAIMS and the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews Library are pleased to announce an upcoming two-day conference on the archive in medieval art and thought. Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages will take place 13-14 September 2019. A full programme…

6 September 2019Archives Events

Archives Revealed: Letting the People Know

Christine Wood brings us up to date on the latest outreach activities of the Archives Revealed Hidden Archives of Cupar project. It’s been a while since I last posted, but there has been good reason! My colleagues and I have been busy getting out there letting the people know what wonderful records on Cupar we…

19 August 2019Archives general information Projects

Defining the boundaries: protection through housing and minimizing handling

Within the Burgh of Cupar charters collection (B13) is a document dated 5 April 1487 recording the marking of the boundaries of land belonging to the Burgh of Cupar and that of George Claphaine of Kerslogy [Carslogie]. The boundaries were perambulated or walked along in the presence of witnesses and recorded in the deed, so…

28 May 2019Archives conservation

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

Putting Pen to Paper: Love Letters in the Tullis Russell Business Archive

In the process of cataloguing archive collections one can come across the most unexpected and delightful documents. One such find is a small collection of letters in the Tullis Russell paper mill archive (ms38973). The archive, in addition to the business records of the company, includes some family papers dated back to 1695. Nestled in…

14 February 2017Archives Highlights