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Scottish Rural and Agricultural Studies
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Agriculture--Scotland; Farm tenancy--Scotland; Crofters--Scotland

The beginnings of the Scottish rural and agriculture collections go back to the early days of the Ontario Agricultural College Library. These collections were already substantial by 1965 when the University of Guelph was established. Since then, alumni support has been used to build an excellent collection on historical agriculture. Scottish material has been especially sought because of the historical Scottish connections of much of Ontario and the Ontario Agricultural College.

Material on all aspects of Scottish agriculture and rural life is collected at a comprehensive level, in printed works as well as manuscripts. The collection includes books, periodicals, pamphlets, local histories (private and society publications,broadsides, maps, photographs, and other ephemera. Complete sets of the Board of Agriculture county reports for virtually all of the United Kingdom are held. There are complete holdings of all three Scottish Statistical Accounts and the transactions of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society. The collection is not limited to general agriculture, but includes extensive holdings on Scottish fisheries, herd books, dispersal sale catalogues, and records of agricultural estates, agricultural brokers, and agents. The economic and social conditions of the Scottish rural population is particularly strong.

English predominates, but material in any language is collected if available.

Over 3,000 volumes of monographs, theses, serials, newspapers, maps, sale catalogues, prize lists, and other agricultural ephemera; archival material of which over 500 volumes are in the Rare Book Collection and 5 linear metres in the archives.

Bibliographic Access
All titles are catalogued or coded. Access is via the On-Line Public Access Catalogue or the CD-ROM Catalogue. LC classification is used. Government documents are coded in the CODOC system. The archival collections are also coded in an adaptation of the cataloguing and coding system.

Physical Access
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Interlibrary Loan: Available except for rare and archival materials.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants, and as the copyright allows.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
MacKinnon, Ron; Pal, G. -- "Scottish agriculture". -- Collection update. -- No. 7 (May 1983). - Guelph, Ont.: University of Guelph Library, 1983.