NHS Grampian Archive – news

Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital ward c.1889

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital ward c.1889

The NHS Grampian Archives which hold the historic records of more than 100 hospitals and health organisations from across the Grampian region, have been located within Special Collections for over a year now.

Archivist Fiona Watson has retired and the new archivist is Fiona Musk, former archivist with Aberdeen City Council Archives.

Please note also that there are new opening hours. The NHS Grampian Archive is now open from Wednesday to Friday.
(Monday & Tuesday by prior appointment only)

For more information see our website:

Fiona Musk
Phone: 01224 274912

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist

Special Collections – over 40 new factsheets now available

Gateway from series of plans, drawings and sketches of Cairness House by James Playfair  (see factsheet, 'Architectural resources in  Special Collections')

Gateway from series of plans, drawings and sketches of Cairness House by James Playfair (see ‘Architectural resources in Special Collections’ factsheet)

A major expansion in resource discovery has been rolled out by Special Collections, with the completion of over 40 new collection factsheets. The new factsheets are organised into sections: Introductory, Media, Subject and by Geographical Area.

Examples include:

By Media type – Map and plan resources
By Subject – Ecclesiastical, Literary, Slave Trade, Transport and WW II resources
By Geographical Area – Old Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands and resources relating to the Circumpolar regions

All factsheets act as brief introductions to subject areas and cover the main relevant collections accessible via Special Collections, both from archives and rare books. They are also embedded with archive catalogue hyperlinks as well as providing additional information on related printed reference works and external web resources.

Check them out here – http://bit.ly/sccfactsheets. They are also available via the main ‘Library Guides’ section of the Library website.

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist

Judging a book by its cover: what bindings can tell us about books

Friends of Aberdeen University Library

The Friends’ Annual General Meeting, to be held from 7 to 7:30pm in the Old Senate Room on King‘s Campus, on May 26th, will be followed by a chance to listen to a talk by expert Jane Pirie, Information Officer and Rare Books Cataloguer from Special Libraries and Archives, about the ancient art of bookbinding. Come along and learn about the materials and techniques used, and see some of the beautifully crafted examples from our collections.

Thursday 26th May 2011

in the Old Senate Room, King’s College

At approximately 7.30 p.m.

(following the Friends AGM, at 7.00 p.m.)

All welcome

Light refreshments will be served after the meeting


 Sheona Farquhar, s.c.farquhar@abdn.ac.uk

New digital details on 1800s photo collection

The new station at Inverurie from the George Washington Wilson Photographic Collection

The University’s Special Libraries and Archives has made available online over 35,000 high resolution digital versions of images originally taken during the latter half of the nineteenth century by the Aberdeen photographic firm George Washington Wilson & Co.  Find out more here.

Thanks to digitised images from the George Washington Wilson Collection staff at Special Libraries & Archives have been able to track down some answers to a transatlantic money mystery. Read more here.

Browse this and other collections from Special Libraries & Archives here.

Elaine Shallcross