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Cataloguing architectural plans of the Dean of Guild

In this ‘Behind the Scenes’ blog post we take a look at one of the volunteer projects that has been ongoing in the Special Collections Division of the University Library. There are several volunteering projects that run throughout the year within the Library’s Special Collections, available both to our students and members of the public.…

8 April 2020local history Manuscript Collection Volunteers / Placements

Collage in the Collections

Visiting Scholar Dr Freya Gowrley reflects on her recent stay in St Andrews. During my three-week visiting scholarship at the Library’s Special Collections this summer, I conducted work as part of my research project Collage before Modernism. This aims to write a new history of collage by focusing on its manifestations in Britain, North America,…

26 September 2019Manuscript Collection Visiting Scholars

Collecting and Collections Part III: Collecting Items of Local Interest – David Hay Fleming and St Andrews

There are a multitude of items which a collector can choose to collect: books, tea pots, figurines, etc. But a collection doesn’t have to be based around one particular form; it can be based around a theme. David Hay Fleming (1849-1931) was a man with a passion for history and antiquity, and as such he…

21 May 2019book collecting Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

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

David Mitchell Conference 2017 visits Special Collections

On Saturday 3rd June, fifty attendees came together from across the globe to take part in the international David Mitchell Conference 2017 at the University of St Andrews. This one-day event brought together twenty speakers from ten countries to discuss the works of the award-winning author, with attendees treated to a visit to see the…

15 June 2017Events Rare Book Collection

Prelude to Chemistry: Images from the Alchemy Collection

In order to write four influential books on the history of chemistry, St Andrews’ Professor John Read (1884-1963) assembled a remarkable collection of primary sources. Read, a brilliant organic chemist who specialised in stereochemistry, had been recruited from Cambridge to a named chair at St Andrews in the 1920s. He was a prolific scholar, publishing…

21 April 2017Rare Book Collection

St Andrews Photography Festival: Golf Photographic Collection

This is the fourth post in a weekly series highlighting images featuring at the upcoming St Andrews Photography Festival, 1 August – 11 September 2016 [https://www.facebook.com/StAndPhotoFest]. Four gentlemen golfers in their car outside the New Club; one of the gentlemen is Willie Rusack. 1904 (GMC-F-28). There are myriad reasons why this particular image is such…

14 July 2016Photographic Collection St Andrews Photography Festival

Cataloguing the papers of David Hay Fleming: St Andrean, local historian and antiquarian

A few weeks ago, Fiona Menzies, our project cataloguer, gave a talk to colleagues, providing an outline of her work on the David Hay Fleming collection. David Hay Fleming (1849-1931) was a St Andrews-based local historian and antiquarian. He published books on St Andrews, the Scottish Reformation, John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots. He…

6 June 2016Archives collections highlights Manuscript Collection

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-maker …

Well, butcher, baker and blacksmith at least!  Three local craftsmen, masters of their trades, will be taking part in a free event on Saturday 7th May in the Supper Room of St Andrews Town Hall. Throughout the day, from 11.00 to 16.30, there will be displays and activities inspired by the earliest historic records of…

3 May 2016Activities Manuscript Collection

Reading the Collections, Week 38: Precognition Statements, Receipts, and the Making of ‘St Andrews – In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris’

This week we have a guest post by Roger McStravick, a golf history writer specialising in St Andrews, Old Tom Morris and legends from the 1800s to 1920. He made use of material held in Special Collections while researching his new book ‘St Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris’. I think it’s fair…

26 November 2015Lawrence Levy Photographic Golf Collection Manuscript Collection Photographic Collection Reading the Collections