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Christmas feasting in St Andrews

With various Christmas dinners looming, I was wondering what students might have been eating for their Christmas dinners in times past, if they were not lucky enough to be going home. From the foundation of the university in 1410, until the 19th century, students had been able to live in college accommodation and attended common…

15 December 2016Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

Five distinguished scholars visiting St Andrews to use Special Collections in Summer 2015

To celebrate the opening of our new Research Library in 2014, the University of St Andrews instituted a new scheme of visiting scholarships. These scholarships are intended to underwrite the costs of a period of work with our library’s Special Collections. The scholarships are open to all interested researchers, whether or not affiliated to a…

29 April 2015Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection Visiting Scholars

Reading the Collections, Week 7: The Book of Bosh

  I have a few truly vivid memories of being six years old: the time I jumped from the monkey bars because I wanted to break my arm and get a rainbow-colored cast, my fierce and loyal devotion to peanut butter sandwiches, and the day my teacher read Shel Silverstein’s “Little Abigail and the Beautiful…

19 March 2015Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections

Lighting the Past: The Lang Collection

We’re back again, finishing our sixth collection to date: the Lang Collection! After a year-and-a-half of adventuring through the General Reserve Collection (you can read about some of the highlights in our two-part blog), this one was over almost before it began – the tiny collection of uncatalogued Lang books took the Lighting the Past…

9 February 2015Rare Book Collection

Introducing This Year’s Blog Theme: 52 Weeks of Reading the Collections

‘You work in a library? It must be lovely to get to read books all day.’ Anyone who works in any kind of library has surely encountered this reaction more than once. And sometimes it’s challenging to respond tactfully, when what you have spent all day doing is frantically trying to finish a complicated report…

29 January 2015Reading the Collections

Special Collections Visiting Scholars – Lang and the Works of Tolkien

Sharin Schroeder spent two weeks in our reading room in July as part of the 2014 Visiting Scholarship Programme. In this fascinating blog post, she explains how studying our Andrew Lang collection helped her research into his influence on J. R. R. Tolkien.  As a Victorianist and Tolkien scholar who lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan, I…

13 October 2014Archives illustrations Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 39: compile a dictionary

Sometimes you come across someone in the story of the University who just makes you stop and stare, whose erudition and achievements in enabling the work of others fills you with admiration and awe. Such a man is Sir William Alexander Craigie (1867-1957), lexicographer and philologist, surely one of the most eminent men to have…

31 July 2014Archives How-To's Muniments Collection

At last! New Archive Catalogue finally online

Regular users of Special Collections will know that over the last 5 years or so we have been promising that our new Archive Catalogue was in preparation and would be online ‘soon’. That ‘soon’ wasn’t quite as soon as we would have hoped but it was at last launched at the Friends of the Library…

4 December 2012Archives Events exhibitions Manuscript Collection new acquisitions

Happy Hallowe’en! Andrew Lang’s own illustrated copy of “Ballade of a choice of ghosts”

Here’s a Hallowe’en treat from Special Collections at St Andrews! Featured below is the manuscript poem for Andrew Lang‘s “Ballade of a choice of ghosts” with artwork by Harry Furniss. This item is from the manuscript collection of Roger Lancelyn Green held by the University of St Andrews. The final print first appeared in the…

31 October 2012collections highlights Manuscript Collection

Andrew Lang (1844-1912): a Centenary Celebration

On Thursday, 1 November 2012, a day conference dedicated to Andrew Lang will be held in Upper College Hall, St Salvator’s Quad, University of St Andrews. Lang was a student at St Andrews, and resident of St Leonard’s Hall from 1861-1863 and he returned to his favourite town often throughout his life. He was awarded…

26 October 2012Events general information Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection