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Tullis Russell Collection: Project Update

Back in September 2015 we announced on Echoes the acquisition of the Tullis Russell business papers which complement the extensive archive collection of Sir David Russell, already held by Special Collections. In recent months, we have begun to arrange and catalogue this important collection. The project is ongoing but we thought at the beginning of…

13 January 2017Archives collections highlights new acquisitions

Remembering those lost in times of war, Christmas 1916

Full of old memories she yet shall be Nurse of heroic men for whom the debt To that dim past is unacknowledged yet, Till Time shall set their names in history. From St Andrews by W L Courtney Just as 2016 has been a year of shocks and reversals, atrocities and hard-to-believe events, so was…

22 December 2016Archives Manuscript Collection

Digital Humanities Internship

For a month I have been the Digital Humanities Intern, during which time I’ve been lucky enough to call the beautiful Napier Reading Room of The Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk my “office”. For four weeks I’ve worked with one original document, an eighteenth century library receipt book, UYUL205/2, deciphering and transcribing its contents.…

11 August 2016Archives Muniments Collection Volunteers / Placements

Cataloguing the papers of David Hay Fleming: St Andrean, local historian and antiquarian

A few weeks ago, Fiona Menzies, our project cataloguer, gave a talk to colleagues, providing an outline of her work on the David Hay Fleming collection. David Hay Fleming (1849-1931) was a St Andrews-based local historian and antiquarian. He published books on St Andrews, the Scottish Reformation, John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots. He…

6 June 2016Archives collections highlights Manuscript Collection

90th Anniversary Kate Kennedy Procession, 9 April 2016

Every February our reading room is busy with first year students researching the history of the town and University in preparation for their interviews as new members of the Kate Kennedy Club.  This year there were 43 candidates who made use of our reading room. The Kate Kennedy Club is perhaps unique among student groups…

15 April 2016Archives Events

Reading the Collections, Week 51: Mrs Muir and Mrs Muttoe

It seems fitting in the week of St Andrews’ own poetry festival, StAnza, to feature one of our literary collections. I have chosen Willa Muir, poet, novelist, diarist, translator and St Andrews graduate. She was born Wilhelmina Anderson in Montrose in 1890, and came to St Andrews in 1907 to study classics, modern history and then…

3 March 2016Archives Manuscript Collection Reading the Collections

Where we find new old books, chapter 3: buried treasure amongst the stacks

This is what buried treasure looks like in a library: This book, which is a collection of two perfectly respectable but not very rare tracts by Vatican Librarian Agostino Steuco, has acted as a vessel, a treasure chest, for the bits and pieces that went into the binding and physical construction of this book. This…

29 September 2015Archives collections highlights Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection Rare Book finds

Tullis Russell Business Papers

News of the closure of the paper mill Tullis Russell at Markinch in June was greeted with shock and dismay, both for the loss of jobs and livelihoods and for the ending of a 200 year old family business. The papermaking business began in 1809 when Robert Tullis of Cupar bought Auchmuty mill. The Tullises…

22 September 2015Archives new acquisitions

Reading the Collections, Week 21: The Floppy Disks of the Holy Collection

Back in April, we received an addition to the Ladislav Holy Collection – Ladislav Holy (1933–1997) was a Czech anthropologist and Africanist, who came to St Andrews in 1979 as Reader in Social Anthropology, eventually becoming a Professor in 1987. The addition was a box containing 144 3.5” and 5.25” floppy discs found amongst Holy’s…

24 June 2015Archives Manuscript Collection Reading the Collections

“A complete victory gained with great bloodshed”

Today is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, when the British under the Duke of Wellington and their allies from the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick, and Nassau, joined with the Prussians under Field Marshal Blucher to deliver a decisive defeat to Napoleon which resulted in his exile to St Helena. Thus ended 20 years…

18 June 2015Archives Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection