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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

Memories of World War I

As part of the British Home Front week in St Andrews, the University Library’s Special Collections Division is hosting a drop-in session on the morning of Saturday 23 June, where visitors can see surviving original letters, diaries, postcards and photographs from World War I. The session begins at 11:30. We hope to give a sense…

21 June 2018Events general information Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection

Friends for Life: letters home from an 18th century St Andrews alumnus

Ro Spankie, Principal Lecturer, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, shares with us her recent search to find out about her ancestor Thomas Spankie and his time as a student at St Andrews in the 1700s. In 2015 my great aunt gave me a carrier bag of what she called ‘family…

17 January 2018general information Muniments Collection

Caring for our Collections: National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust towards the conservation of material relating to the history of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. This generous grant is made possible thanks to the support that NMCT receives from The Pilgrim Trust. The conservation project…

10 November 2017Announcements general information

‘Ten Minutes in Murderland’. Horror and Sensationalism in The St Andrews Citizen, Week 2: Electrical Executions

This is the second of our mini blog series featuring sensational headlines from The St Andrews Citizen newspaper. Spoiler alert: contains graphic descriptions of death by electrocution – not for the faint-hearted! The article below is dated September 1st 1888: In response to the state of New York’s decision to introduce the electric chair as means…

8 November 2017general information Rare Book Collection

‘Ten Minutes in Murderland’. Horror and Sensationalism in The St Andrews Citizen, Week 1: Lizzie Borden

One of the most enjoyable parts of working in Special Collections is, for me, answering the myriad of enquiries we receive from all over the world. Some of these are straightforward requests for information about staff or students who attended the University in days long gone by, while some more obscure questions challenge us to…

3 November 2017general information Rare Book Collection

Raisin Monday: an evolving tradition

Raisin Monday seems to have been a traditional celebration, the day when senior students claimed from their chosen bejant or bejantine (first year student) a pound of raisins and presented in return a receipt in Latin, usually in fine script and with suitable drawings. The raisin receipt given to Catherine (Kay) Elder in 1966 by…

20 October 2017general information Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection

David Hacker-Fleming, a golfing life

One writer of this blog post loves golf and not David Hay Fleming; the other loves David Hay Fleming and not golf. So, what brings them together? Well, that would be golf and David Hay Fleming (or Hacker-Fleming, as perhaps he should be known – in golfing circles…). Amongst David Hay Fleming’s modest collection of…

6 October 2017general information Manuscript Collection Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection

Banned Books at the University of St Andrews

This week, 24-30th September, celebrates Banned Books week. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration, launched in 1982 by the American Library Association, aimed at promoting the freedom to read. Books might have been banned for a variety of reasons, including censorship, fear of the corruption of young minds, diversion from studies, prevention of theft,…

29 September 2017general information Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection

Orientation Week

It’s Orientation Week! Welcome to all new and returning students. So you’re new to St Andrews? Look at our Orientation pages where you’ll find loads of information about everything from your new hall of residence to opening a bank account. There’s even an Orientation App (where you can you can find out about our Library tours)!!…

8 September 2017general information Muniments Collection Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection