Scottish Research Collections is a growing repository of selected digitized collections from the University of Guelph's Scottish Studies Collection. The purpose of this online repository is to provide digital access to the Scottish holdings of Archival & Special Collections, at the McLaughlin Library, and to provide a space for digital pedagogy and experiential learning opportunities to University of Guelph students.

Efforts have been made to make available high-resolution, full colour images of the items in our holdings, suitable for both textual and non-textual based research methods. Metadata and description of items has been enhanced to include variant printings, provenance, and binding information, where possible. Bibliographic references to the English Short Title Catalogue have been provided for items published before 1800.

History of the Collection

The Scottish Studies Collection was established in 1965 to support the research and teaching interests of faculty and students in the  History Department at the University of Guelph. Early efforts to build the Collection were developed in partnership with W. Stanford Reid, Chair of the History Department. Library collection development funds, in addition to grants from the Scottish Studies Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and private funding sources were secured to expand the Library’s Scottish holdings to support teaching and research.

Collection Overview

The Scottish Studies Collection is comprised of archives, atlases, correspondence, diaries, ephemera, manuscripts, pamphlets, and rare books. The collection is recognized to be one of the largest in the world outside the United Kingdom, encompassing both Scottish and Scottish-Canadian history.

Time Period

14th century to present

Related Digital Collections

The Scottish Chapbook Project

Scottish Land Charters

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