Archives and Special Collections, University of Strathclyde

Archives and Special Collections, University of Strathclyde Strathclyde University’s Archives and Special Collections is a unique learning and research resource open to all. We hold the archives of the University, documenting its history from 1796 to the present day, as well as internationally important collections of archives and books.

Our areas of strength are science, particularly early science and alchemy; labour and political history; education; environmental health; investigative journalism; new towns and town planning; Glasgow history; Scottish topography, canals and Scottish tours; and mountaineering, travel and exploration.

Operating as usual

COVID-19 update, Access to Archives and Special Collections 17 March 2020:Based on the latest UK and Scottish Government...
17/03/2020

COVID-19 update, Access to Archives and Special Collections 17 March 2020:

Based on the latest UK and Scottish Government advice relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19), the University of Strathclyde Library has made the decision to close the Archives and Special Collections reading room from 5pm, 17/03/20 for the foreseeable future.

Our remote enquiry service will also be affected. We will continue to monitor all email enquiries and will endeavour to respond promptly but, without access to our collections, we may not be able to provide comprehensive answers.

We will post any updates to this situation as they arise. Apologies for any inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding at this time.

The Who
25/04/2019

The Who

50 YEARS OF THE WHO
25 April 1969. The Who give the world the first extended performance of their new rock opera, Tommy before an audience at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. You heard it first, Glasgow!

Tomorrow is #InternationalWomensDay so make sure to take a look at our 'Inspiring Women @UniStrathclyde ' exhibition on ...
07/03/2019
International Women’s day 2019: Inspiring Women at Strathclyde

Tomorrow is #InternationalWomensDay so make sure to take a look at our 'Inspiring Women @UniStrathclyde ' exhibition on Level 3 of @UniStrathLibIT Library -sharing some stories of women at Strathclyde in herstory! #IWD #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay
Find out more in our blog-post! http://stratharchives.tumblr.com/post/183288283751/international-womens-day-2019-inspiring-women-at

8th March 2019 is International Women’s Day and we are celebrating with our new Level 3 Library Exhibition! Pop along to the archives exhibition space to learn about some of The University of...

Tomorrow is #InternationalWomensDay so make sure to take a look at our 'Inspiring Women @UniStrathclyde ' exhibition on ...
07/03/2019

Tomorrow is #InternationalWomensDay so make sure to take a look at our 'Inspiring Women @UniStrathclyde ' exhibition on Level 3 of @UniStrathLibIT Library -sharing some stories of women at Strathclyde in herstory! #IWD #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay

Strathclyde Alumni Community
27/02/2019

Strathclyde Alumni Community

Today is National Retro Day. We hope you enjoy this throwback shot of a lecture theatre from days gone by!

Does it look much different from the ones you had classes in at Strathclyde?

#NationalRetroDay

Its time for #ColorOurCollections again and this year we have created a colouring book in honour of #ChineseNewYear ! Ta...
05/02/2019
Archives & Special Collections, Strathclyde

Its time for #ColorOurCollections again and this year we have created a colouring book in honour of #ChineseNewYear ! Take a look, download the book, and get colouring! http://stratharchives.tumblr.com/post/182552061631/colour-our-collections-for-chinese-new-year-in

Colour Our Collections for Chinese New Year! In the 17th century Jesuit missionaries travelled back to Europe over land through China collating information and knowledge on the history and culture of...

SCRAN
28/09/2018

SCRAN

Ahoy there, it's World Maritime Day!

To celebrate, we've launched a blog post telling the story of SS Aquitania using a series of Scran images. Sail through gems from Archives and Special Collections, University of Strathclyde, National Museums Scotland, Glasgow Libraries, Historic Environment Scotland and National Records Scotland.

Navigate over to https://bit.ly/2DyH6NR to find out more.

This photo of the Aquitania is from National Records of Scotland via scran.ac.uk

https://www.scran.ac.uk/database/record.php?usi=000-000-494-813-C

Strathclyde Alumni Community
31/08/2018

Strathclyde Alumni Community

With winter graduations around the corner, we wanted to give you a flashback to graduations held at our Jordanhill campus!

26/04/2018
University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

Who remembers Glasgow’s Garden Festival? This Thursday marks 30 years since the event’s opening day and we have a treat for you this morning with some archive footage of Strathclyde’s award-winning involvement in the celebration! Sit back and enjoy a trip down memory lane! #strathlife #Glasgow

Read all about our successful crowdsourcing event to rehouse the Patrick Geddes collection - 10 weeks of work squeezed i...
22/03/2018
Crowdsourcing at Strathclyde University

Read all about our successful crowdsourcing event to rehouse the Patrick Geddes collection - 10 weeks of work squeezed into 2 days! Thanks to all our volunteers!

In February we held a crowdsourcing event at Strathclyde University. The event took place over two days with the help of 23 volunteers. The aim of the two days was to rehouse the Geddes papers in a…

On 19th and 20th February 2018, we held a conservation crowdsourcing event in the Archives and Special Collections at th...
21/02/2018

On 19th and 20th February 2018, we held a conservation crowdsourcing event in the Archives and Special Collections at the University of Strathclyde. Our aim, over the two days, was to rehouse the Patrick Geddes papers, one of our most important archive collections, in acid-free folders and boxes.

On 19th and 20th February 2018, we held a conservation crowdsourcing event in the Archives and Special Collections at the University of Strathclyde. Our aim, over the two days, was to rehouse the Patrick Geddes papers, one of our most important archive collections, in acid-free folders and boxes.

Due to our Conservation Crowdsourcing event the Archives and Special Collections reading room will be closed to all read...
16/02/2018

Due to our Conservation Crowdsourcing event the Archives and Special Collections reading room will be closed to all readers on Monday 19th February and Tuesday 20th February.

Killer dust: cataloguing and preserving the asbestos collections at the University of Strathclyde Check out the display ...
08/06/2017

Killer dust: cataloguing and preserving the asbestos collections at the University of Strathclyde

Check out the display on level 3 of the Andersonian Library or read more about the collections on our blog:

http://stratharchives.tumblr.com/post/161542410656/killer-dust-cataloguing-and-preserving

Killer dust: cataloguing and preserving the asbestos collections at the University of Strathclyde

Check out the display on level 3 of the Andersonian Library or read more about the collections on our blog:

http://stratharchives.tumblr.com/post/161542410656/killer-dust-cataloguing-and-preserving

Glasgow Libraries
24/04/2017
Glasgow Libraries

Glasgow Libraries

Event tomorrow at the Mitchell Library

On 25th Apr 2017 at 6:00pm, Julie Gardham from Glasgow University Library Special Collections talks about their project that catalogues and now shares Glasgow’s exceptional collections of over one thousand 15th century books online.

This includes some books from our own collection, including this splendid illustration of Constantinople

https://www.flickr.com/photos/glasgowmuseums/30615805002

University of Glasgow Scottish History Network Archives and Special Collections, University of Strathclyde Glasgow City Archives Special Collections, University of St Andrews Library

Explore Your Archive 2016
25/11/2016

Explore Your Archive 2016

Join Archives and Special Collections this October as they share creepy illustrations from Strathclyde’s collections alo...
13/10/2016

Join Archives and Special Collections this October as they share creepy illustrations from Strathclyde’s collections along with other libraries, museums and archives around the world on social media using the hashtag #PageFrights.

Join Archives and Special Collections this October as they share creepy illustrations from Strathclyde’s collections along with other libraries, museums and archives around the world on social media using the hashtag #PageFrights.

Some photos of the student residences and Lord Todd from the Archives.
16/09/2016

Some photos of the student residences and Lord Todd from the Archives.

Last weekend saw this year's Freshers move in to their halls of residence. This week, we have been looking back on old photos of Strathclyde's halls and the famous Lord Todd Bar.

What was your favourite thing about staying on campus?

De Maria Scotorum regina, ... Latin by George BuchananPrinted by John Day in London, 1571?Buchanan Society Collection, D...
17/06/2016

De Maria Scotorum regina, ...
Latin by George Buchanan
Printed by John Day in London, 1571?

Buchanan Society Collection, D 941.105 BUC

Help us with the mammoth task of collecting an election leaflet for every single candidate in the upcoming Scottish Parl...
30/03/2016

Help us with the mammoth task of collecting an election leaflet for every single candidate in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections for our collection of Scottish Election Ephemera at Strathclyde.

We rely heavily on donations from staff, friends and family from all over Scotland so please spread the word and send election leaflets circulated in your constituencies to:

Scottish Election Ephemera, Archives and Special Collections,
University of Strathclyde, Andersonian Library,
101 St James Road, Glasgow, G4 0NS

Strathclyde Alumni Community
21/03/2016

Strathclyde Alumni Community

With the Oscars almost upon us we've decided to go through the archives of Strathclydes finest actors and actresses.

Here's some photos of the 1981 'As you like it' performance at the Crawfurd Theatre. Check that set design. Were you at this performance or any others in the theatre?

Strathclyde Alumni Community
19/02/2016

Strathclyde Alumni Community

We're looking forward to watching double Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion Mo Farah doing what he does best at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix tomorrow.

We thought we would dig through the Archives and Special Collections, University of Strathclyde for some sporty Strathclyders.Here's a flashback to speed-walks at the Jordanhill campus...is it just us or do they look a bit like the 118118 guys?

Strathclyde Alumni Community
13/01/2016

Strathclyde Alumni Community

Flashback Friday: Rottenrow Gardens
The Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital or "The Rottenrow" was founded in 1834 and became a world-renowned centre of excellence in gynaecology for over 100 years.

In 2001, the hospital moved into an extension of nearby Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and the building was purchased by the University of Strathclyde and subsequently demolished.

The site was redeveloped by the University into a public park designed by Gross Max landscape architects and is now known as Rottenrow Gardens. The centrepiece of the park is George Wyllie's 'Monument to Maternity', a sculpture depicting a giant metal nappy pin.

Strathclyde Alumni Community
17/12/2015

Strathclyde Alumni Community

John Logie Baird, the man who was first to televise objects in motion has been inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame. Find out more about his life and achievements: http://www.engineeringhalloffame.org/profile-baird.html

Did you also know that he was a regular contributor to the Royal Technical College magazine (before becoming 'The Mask' in 1924)? We have one of his short stories for you here, a creepy Christmas drama about an engineering student working late who finds himself locked in one of the college buildings... http://www.strath.ac.uk/archives/iotm/october2013/

University of Strathclyde
07/12/2015

University of Strathclyde

We’re looking forward to tonight’s Turner Prize ceremony – being held in Scotland for the first time, at Glasgow’s Tramway. Did you know one of Scotland’s most famous sculptors, the late George Wyllie, donated his archive to us? He created the celebrated safety pin sculpture on our campus. Watch the Turner Prize winner announcement live on Channel 4 at 7:30 tonight. Find out more about the archive at bit.ly/1SICdOO #TurnerPrize #peoplemakeglasgow

Strathclyde Alumni Community
23/10/2015

Strathclyde Alumni Community

Whether you loved it or hated it, Flashback Friday is bringing you the mighty 'Livi Tower'.

Seemingly, every 1950s/60s campus needed a tower of some description and the Livingstone Tower is ours, orange frames and all. One disgruntled employee wrote a letter to the Principal in the 60s highlighting: "We're a technological university, why do we have to have a clockwork bell on the thirteen-storey building?".

Thank you to the Archives and Special Collections, University of Strathclyde for providing the photos.

The Queen, who becomes the longest serving monarch today, visited Jordanhill College in 1963, take a peek at this displa...
09/09/2015

The Queen, who becomes the longest serving monarch today, visited Jordanhill College in 1963, take a peek at this display we curated for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

2012 is the year of the Diamond Jubilee which marks 60 years of The Queen's reign. In 1963 the Queen opened the Crawfurd Building at the Jordanhill College of Education.

Impressed by some of the showstoppers from the Great British Bake Off? Check out the construction of this Italian Villa ...
20/08/2015
Archives & Special Collections, Strathclyde - How to create a showstopper bake in the style of...

Impressed by some of the showstoppers from the Great British Bake Off?

Check out the construction of this Italian Villa made of nougat by Jules Gouffé who offers some advice to turn the workman into an artist!

How to create a showstopper bake in the style of Jules Gouffé, 1874 Thanks to the Great British Bake Off baking fever has taken over Britain once again and we’re always happy for an excuse to peruse...

Strathclyde Alumni Community
11/06/2015

Strathclyde Alumni Community

Happy Friday! In this month’s Flashback Friday we take a look at some students hard at work in the labs in our predecessor the Royal Technical College in the 1920s. The equipment has changed slightly, but the work ethic certainly hasn’t!

Clockwise from left: Organic Chemistry, room 445; Pharmacy students 219 and 221 (David Ellis, professor of bacteriology standing at rear); Natural Philosophy students and staff, room 111 (Includes Professor James Muir, Malcolm Smith – technician - and H G A Anderson –student).

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