University of Aberdeen Special Collections

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Bedford Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3AA

(01224) 272598

Monday –¬†Friday: 10am – 4.30pm

Collections of printed and archival materials including:

  • Institutional records of graduates, alumni and officers for King’s College (founded in 1495), Marischal College (founded in 1593) and when these two institutions joined together in 1860 to become the University of Aberdeen. Also records of the Colleges of Education (1874-2001) including the Church of Scotland and Free Church Training Colleges and also the College run Demonstration/Practising schools.
  • Printed collections: The Local Collection includes family histories, town histories, local plans and maps, reports of local institutions and journals of local societies. Also, newspapers including the Aberdeen Free Press, the Aberdeen Herald and a complete run of the Aberdeen Journal.
  • Archival collections: including family and estate papers, record of local businesses, societies, trade unions and personal papers. Notable estate papers include the Earls of Fife, Gordon of Buthlaw & Cairness and Fraser of Philorth.
  • Ecclesiastical records of the Scottish Episcopal Church Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney including registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths.