University of dundee archives

University of dundee archives

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  Welcome to the University of Dundee Archive Services. We hold material relating to the University and to individuals, industry and organisations in the Tayside area and beyond.

Please note we are closed Tuesday 30 May and Monday-Friday 17-20 July 2017

The Archive is open to everyone and access to the records is free.

If you need to research an essay, an article or book; if you are interested in the people of Tayside, the staff and students of the University; if you would like to explore aspects of the jute and textile industry, study events in Dundee or trace the evolution of the University, the Archive is the place to start.

You can research all kinds of topics – education, culture, environmental and business history, medicine and health. You can use the records as resources for art, drama and literature activities and for teaching in schools. Or you can explore your local and family history. Our collections are of interest to a wide range of users.

Archive Services manages and maintains the University of Dundee’s manuscripts and records collections.

Our main aims are to:

  • secure the long-term preservation of the University collections and selected external organisational and personal records
  • promote the use of the collections to support the core institutional aims of research, teaching and learning
  • support the current business of the University through the provision of information from the collections and preserve the University’s corporate memory
  • use the collections in marketing and to promote the University
  • engage with the local and wider community

Download our full ‌Archive Services Mission and Collecting Policy July 2016

Archive Services was established in 1976 and is part of Culture & Information (with Museum Services and Information Governance) which sits in the Directorate of LLC and C&I.

Archive Services contributes directly to the University’s Strategy and Transformative Vision

University of dundee archives

Staff at the University Archive work on a range of tasks, from working with the collections to engaging with the public and members of the University. We each have our areas of expertise, and with our volunteers, the team aim to provide a useful and positive experience for all users of the Archive

University Archivist

Jan Merchant

Senior Archivist

Sharon Kelly, Assistant Archivist


Assistant Archivist

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Archive Assistant

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The collections cover a broad range of interests and everyone is welcome to use them.

Most of the collections are listed in our online catalogue. The subject sheets also provide a convenient way of finding material relating to a particular topic, such as shipping, women, medicine and the World Wars.

Procession of academicsThe University Collections date from 1881 to the present day. They comprise records of the University of Dundee and its predecessor institutions, University College and Queen’s College. They also include the records of merged institutions, including Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and the College of Education.

The records cover the administrations of the institutions and the activities, both formal and informal, of staff and students.

Female textile workers at loomsThe Manuscript Collections contain the records of businesses, societies and organisations, churches, families and individuals. They comprise administrative, legal and personal papers, ephemera, maps, plans, photographs, film and audio. Over 100 of the collections relate to the jute and linen industry in Dundee and West Bengal, India.
Extract from Brechin Diocese Book of Hours 'Flight into Egypt'Ecclesiastical collections include the Brechin Diocesan Manuscriptsand Library collection, the Glasite and Sandemanian Church and the Arbroath and Montrose Methodist Church.

The collections cover over 600 years and include records of individuals and churches. They contain sermons and discourses, correspondence, diaries, transcripts of baptismal and other registers, plans and photographs