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Scottish Family and Clan History
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Genealogy--Scotland; Scotland--Biography; Clans; Canadian-Scottish families; Individual family names, e.g., Cameron family

Although small amounts of material have been added since the founding of the Scottish studies programme, family and clan history was not really significantly developed until the middle 1970s when major funding for Scottish studies became available, initially from private agencies and special university initiatives, and then later from government sources (SSHRC).

Material on all aspects of Scottish clan and family history 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. Included are the family histories by Sir William Fraser which provide a rich source of genealogical information. The archives collection is particularly strong in the family papers of Scottish immigrants to Upper Canada, of which the most significant single family represented is the Mickle family that settled in the Guelph area in 1832 from Edinburgh. Other significant family papers include those of the Ewen-Grahame family of Aberdeen, the Urquhart-Campbell-Sutherland family, Campbell of Monzie, the MacIntosh-Duff family, and the Godwin-Haines family. There is significant overlap with the topographical collection, as much of the history of a place or region is often connected to one family.

English predominates, almost exclusively, but there is some Gaelic, early Latin, old Scots and old English manuscript material, and some related French printed material in the collection. Material in any language will be acquired if relevant and available.

987 monographs, serials, charts, maps, pamphlets, documents, and archives are included in the collection; of these, 135 volumes are in the Rare Book Collection and 23 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 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. In addition, most issues of Collection update have several articles describing specific aspects of, or items in, the Scottish Studies Collection.