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New Acquisitions: Catching the Tide

Last weekend we were delighted to receive officially our Catching the Tide acquisition from photographer Colin McPherson. From the moment we first saw this iconic image,we knew this series of photographs was an important and striking record of a disappearing industry. Catching the Tide has been a longterm project for McPherson, who first encountered salmon-net fishermen…

19 January 2017new acquisitions Photographic Collection

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

Historical Cooking: Introduction

This is the first post in a new miniseries on historical cooking, in which we will be recreating dishes from a 17th century recipe book. Which archive assistant doesn’t enjoy receiving mysterious packages of historical material? This slim volume (now catalogued as ms38990) appeared without ceremony in the post, bringing with it the promise of…

13 October 201617th Century cooking Manuscript Collection new acquisitions

The Regiam Majestatem

Special Collections was recently able to ‘bring home’ an exciting copy of the key Scottish legal text.  The manuscript of Regiam Majestatem, written in Lowland Scots, dated 18 October 1548, and was owned by a St Andrews student, the poet and writer Alexander Hume.   The purchase was made possible through the generous support of the Friends of…

27 July 2016Manuscript Collection new acquisitions

New Acquisitions Highlight: Mark Neville’s Photobooks

Mark Neville (b. 1966) is a photographer known for his multi-layered social documentary projects. I first came across Neville’s work when visiting the Scottish Parliament where I saw his large format photograph ‘Annie and Snowy’ (2008) which explores the complicated relationship between landowners and tenants. Although Neville was commissioned by the landowners, the mise-en-scène of…

21 April 2016new acquisitions Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection

Reading the Collections, Week 48: David Mitchell / Kai & Sunny collaboration

The University of St Andrews’ new Special Collections acquisition, Caught By The Nest (2013), is an A3-sized art-meets-fiction collaboration by design team Kai and Sunny, and British author David Mitchell. The box set is one of only fifty limited edition pieces, each hand-numbered and featuring five letter-pressed images by Kai and Sunny, and an exclusive short…

11 February 2016new acquisitions Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections

Reading the Collections, Week 40: Tullis Russell Oral History Collection

Over the past few weeks there’s been a series of letters to the London Review of Books discussing the phenomenon of ‘cross generational vaulting’ – anecdotes passed down through generations that make the past seem unexpectedly immediate and familiar. Working in Special Collections, I come in to contact with lots of original historical materials which…

10 December 2015Manuscript Collection new acquisitions Reading the Collections

Reading the Collections, Week 39: Rejlander’s ‘The two ways of life’ (c. 1857)

I must’ve been 14 or 15 when my parents brought home a piece of software that would literally change their professional lives and would become an everyday tool of my working life. When my parents installed Adobe Photoshop 3.0 on our home PC, it evolved from the way to search the nascent internet or to…

3 December 2015new acquisitions Photographic Collection Reading the Collections

Ceremony for Winners of JD Forbes Book Collecting Prize

Winners of the University Library’s inaugural book collecting prize were celebrated at an event in Parliament Hall last week. Our JD Forbes Book Collecting Prize is named in honour of James David Forbes (1809-1868), the eminent scientist and Principal of the United College of St Salvator and St Leonard at St Andrews. Similar prizes have…

3 November 2015Events Manuscript Collection new acquisitions

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