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New Stories about Old Cupar – A Fond Farewell

Well, this is my last post as Project Archivist on Hidden Burgh: Restoring Cupar’s place at the heart of Fife. It’s amazing how quickly the year has gone, but so much has been accomplished in that time. The Cupar Burgh records have now been catalogued: 785 record descriptions have been created, of which all but…

21 October 2019Manuscript Collection Projects

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

Archives Revealed: Ancestry Workshop

As part of the Archives Revealed project “Hidden Burgh: restoring Cupar’s place at the heart of Fife”, we are holding a workshop on researching ancestry in Cupar. It is taking place in the meeting room at Cupar Library, 33-35 Crossgate, Cupar, KY15 5AS on Friday 23 August between 10:30 and 12:30. Anyone who is interested…

9 August 2019Activities Events Manuscript Collection Projects

New Year, New Gifts and a chance to get involved

Happy New Year! Well, the time for festive present giving has now well and truly passed, but the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections Division received a wonderful gift the other week. What was it, you may be wondering? None other than some precious volumes to add to the Cupar Burgh records! They were…

18 January 2019Manuscript Collection Projects

“British Restaurants” in Cupar

Hello again from the Archives Revealed project “Hidden Burgh: restoring Cupar’s place at the heart of Fife”. It has been a busy time with the project, with the appointment of two volunteers who started this week cleaning and flattening our Cupar Burgh collection. I have also had the pleasure of meeting some representatives from the…

20 December 2018Manuscript Collection Projects

Surprising Islamic Manuscripts at St Andrews

Thanks to a generous grant from the Honeyman Foundation, Farshad Sonboldel, PhD student in modern Iranian literature, was tasked with reviewing the catalogue records for the Persian and Arabic manuscripts held within the Oriental Manuscripts Collection in Special Collections, which also has texts from Turkey, Israel, South East Asia, China, Tibet and Africa. Some treasures…

1 November 2018Manuscript Collection Projects

Alchemical Manuscript: The ‘Alchimiae Tractatus’, 14th century

In this week’s blog, postgraduate student Thomas Murrie shares with us some of the findings from his dissertation, the focus of which was on one of the Library’s manuscripts – the ‘Alchimiae Tractatus’ (ms38176). The Alchimiae Tractatus (ms38176) is a bound manuscript containing a collection of notes on alchemy, written on seventy-eight vellum leaves in…

19 September 2018Manuscript Collection Projects

Clearing the logjam

Last November, the archive team of the University Library’s Special Collections Division began work on the ‘Logjam’ project. The ‘Logjam’ methodology is based on a survey undertaken back in 2003 to discover the extent of uncatalogued material held in archival repositories in the North West of England. After a detailed audit of collections, it was…

7 August 2018Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Projects

Following the Family: Creating a Genealogical Index to the St Andrews Burgh Records, c. 1550-1700

A new genealogical resource based on 5 early volumes from the St Andrews Burgh Collection (B65) (held at the University of St Andrews Library under charge and superintendence arrangements on behalf of the Keeper of Records of Scotland) is now available. This includes over 26000 residents of the town, between c 1550 and 1700. You…

18 May 2018Manuscript Collection Projects

Discovering the Library’s Photographic Collections

For the past year and a half we have been looking into our photographic collections, carrying out an extensive survey to identify all our uncatalogued collections and series, and to assess the full extent of existing materials within the Library’s Special Collections Division. It has been an intensive project, involving peering into boxes to uncover…

22 March 2018Photographic Collection Projects