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December 2 – The Unicorn

As the first University in Scotland, we thought it would be fitting to start the St Andrews Library’s Special Collections advent calendar with the most quintessentially Scottish of fantastic beasts – the unicorn. With its horse-like body and large horn, the unicorn has captured the imagination of people for centuries. It even appears as a…

2 December 2019Advent Calendar Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection

‘The teaching of politics at the University of St Andrews, 1600-1650’

In the final report by our 2019 visiting scholars, Karie Schultz reflects on her time at St Andrews. Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks at the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections as a visiting scholar. The research I undertook focused on manuscript student notebooks and lecture notes related…

29 November 2019Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection

Dr Elsie Maud Inglis (1864-1917) and Scottish Women’s Hospitals

On the birthday of Dr Elsie Maud Inglis, we share with you some of the highlights from the records of University Hall (the first female student residence in Scotland, opened in 1896) which connect Dr Inglis with St Andrews during the First World War. Dr Elsie Maud Inglis (1864-1917), Scottish doctor, suffragist and founder of…

16 August 2019Highlights Muniments Collection

Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the University of St Andrews

This week we mark the centenary of the death of Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American steel magnate and philanthropist, who gave away almost 90% of his fortune (almost $5 billion in 2019 value) between his retirement in 1901 and his death in 1919. Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Fife and emigrated to the USA with his family…

9 August 2019Anniversaries Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection

The St Andrews Periodic Table

In honour of UNESCO’s International Year of the Periodic Table 2019, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is showcasing the wonders of the Periodic Table and chemical elements. As part of their programme of events the RSC’s exhibition “Celebrating the Periodic Table” will include the St Andrews Periodic Table, on loan from the University Library.…

5 August 2019collections highlights Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection

Souvenir Tapes of Graduation

As a living collection, the muniments (the University’s own archive) continue to grow with regular transfers of historical records from across the University’s departments and units. One of the more recent transfers was a batch of VHS tapes. As many of the tapes were recordings of graduation ceremonies, and since we have recently had them…

24 June 2019Audio Visual Collections Muniments Collection Student Experience

“For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.”: celebrating Beer Day Britain

To help celebrate Beer Day Britain (raise a pint at 7pm on 15th June and say ‘Cheers to Beer’!), this week we’re taking a look at some of the beer-related items held in the Library’s Special Collections. St Andrews holds a few early 19th-century treatises on brewing, one of those being Frederick Accum’s A Treatise…

14 June 2019Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection

Examinations for Ladies Literate in Arts

It is that time of year again when our students are hard at work studying for their end of module exams. In continuation of previous blogs about examinations at St Andrews, this term we take a look at the examinations for the L.A. (Literate in Arts) and L.L.A. (Ladies Literate in Arts) qualification. The history…

8 May 2019Muniments Collection Student Experience

Senatus Stories: Interesting discoveries in Muniments

I’ve spent the last two months on placement in Special Collections, following the closure of my usual workplace in the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) for renovation and extension. One of my weekly tasks has been helping out in the archive team, rehousing, cleaning and flattening documents concerned with the University Senatus…

26 March 2019Muniments Collection Volunteers / Placements

International Women’s Day 2019: The first women in the Library

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019 is ‘Balance for better’ with a call to action to help ‘forge a more gender-balanced world.’ Women have been studying at St Andrews for 127 years having been first admitted to the University as students in 1892 – though the University’s Ladies Literate in Arts (LLA) scheme…

8 March 2019Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection