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Scottish Topography, Local and Regional
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Individual towns, villages, counties or regions, by name

The collection was begun in 1965, shortly after the History Department was formed at the university, as part of the Scottish Studies Collections. Interest in Scottish topography was general but tended to concentrate on Edinburgh and the east of Scotland until the purchase in 1981 (with the assistance of a SSHRC Fleeting Opportunities Grant) of the Joe Davis collection on Glasgow and the west of Scotland, a collection especially rich in parish, local, and regional histories. Since that time, major efforts have been made to collect comprehensively for all of Scotland. In the past few years, special attention has focused on the north-east, including Orkney and Shetland. In addition to generous regular contributions of library funds for the collection, faculty and library staff have been fortunate in securing grants from private and government sources for the acquisition of Scottish studies materials.

Material on all aspects of Scottish topography 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, atlases, photographs, and other ephemera. The collection is not limited to history, but also includes parish and church congregational histories, and local, natural, corporate, economic, and social histories on topics from golf clubs to redevelopment schemes. The archives hold the Ewen-Grahame Collection of Aberdeen manuscript material of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The collection includes complete sets of all three Statistical accounts as well as all the Board of Agriculture reports for all the Scottish counties published in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

English predominates to such an overwhelming extent that the collection is virtually unilingual. There are only a few French and Gaelic items in the collection.

5,000 monographs, booklets, viewbooks, pamphlets, maps, atlases, and documents are included in the collection; of these, 200 items are in the Government Document Collection, 323 in the Rare Book Collection and 8.32 linear metres in the archives.

Bibliographic Access
All titles are catalogued or coded. Access is via the online catalogue. LC classification is used. Government documents are coded in the CODOC system. The archival collections are 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
Collection update. -- No. 7 (May 1983) -- [Guelph, Ont.]: University of Guelph Library, 1983. Most issues of Collection updates have several articles describing specific aspects of, or items in, the Scottish Studies Collection.