GLAM Survey of Collecting Policy & Practice:
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

The National Library of Scotland has been active in acquiring Scottish literary manuscripts and archives since its foundation, continuing and extending the collecting interests of its predecessor the Library of the Faculty of Advocates. The collection covers literature of all periods, and includes particularly significant collections for some individual authors, including Thomas Carlyle, Walter Scott, Alasdair Gray and Muriel Spark. The Library also acquires archives of literary and cultural organisations, and has an important collection of archives of Scottish publishers.
Contact: Robin Smith,

Recent Acquisitions

Description of acquisition (including extent) Type of acquisition Source of acquisition
1. John Murray Archive (2006) Purchase Offer from owner
(Funded by own resouces & benefactor)
2. WS Graham papers$ (2005) Purchase Dealer (Funded by own resouces)
3. Dorothy Dunnett Archive (2002) Bequest Offer from owner
4.  Muriel Spark archive (continuing acquisition during this period) Purchase Offer from owner (Funded by own resouces & grant)
5. Alasdair Gray archive (continuing acquisition during this period) Purchase and Gift Offer from owner(Funded by own resouces)

For further information or enquiries please contact the National Library of Scotland direct.

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