Black and white, sepia and colour photographic prints and negatives, including glass negatives; transparencies; postcards; sketches and artists' impressions.
Photographs of people are mainly individual and group photographs of staff and students. Images of machinery and equipment include slides used for teaching purposes, and an early photograph of an Argyll motor car on the ramp in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. Photographs of University buildings include Anderson's University, the Mechanics' Institution, the Weaving, Dyeing and Printing College and Allan Glen's School, in addition to the later buildings of the Royal Technical College and the Scottish College of Commerce and the modern buildings of the University. The visit by HM King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and the laying of the foundation stone of the Royal College Building in 1903 is also represented in the collection. There are also aerial photographs of the campus at various periods of development. Photograph albums preserve the memory of honorary graduations, VIP visits and other events.
Collection of works relating to the fine arts and art history dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection includes exhibition and sale catalogues, biographies and critiques of artists, and texts on drawing, painting and sculpture.
Collection of books and manuscripts on alchemy and early science dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Mainly German and Latin texts, the collection includes one incunabulum dating from 1495 and one manuscript dated 1447.
Collection of works by and about members of the Buchanan family, most notably George Buchanan (1506-1582), tutor to Mary Queen of Scots and later to King James VI of Scotland. The collection includes material on Buchanan clan history and genealogy.
This section comprises what was probably part of the Outlook Tower library, although some books may have been in Patrick Geddes' private collection. Subjects covered are:
Agriculture, Husbandry, Gardens (1-21) Architecture (22-42A) Art (43-55) Astronomy and Cosmography (56-75) Biology, Botany and Zoology (76-108) Education (109-113) Exhibitions (114) Geography (115-128) Geology and Mineralogy (129-135) History and Chronology (136-187) Literature (188-196) Music (197) Planning, Housing, Public Health etc. (198-230) Printing (231) Religion and Philosophy (232-241) Science (Applied and Theoretical) Including Mathematics, Mechanics, Navigation etc. (242-291) Social Sciences including Sociology, Political Economy, Politics, Social Studies (312-317) Travel and Topography (318-341) Government Papers (342-349) General Reference Works (350-354) Miscellanea (355-361)
Minutes and papers of the Town Planning Institute and other bodies; papers relating to Singapore and other Commonwealth work; papers relating to international work; papers relating to town planning education; correspondence; press cuttings; photographs; maps and plans.
Pepler, Sir George Lionel, 1882-1959, Knight, town planner
Collection of around 500 items relating to new towns in Britain and internationally. The material mostly dates from the 1920s until the present and includes reports, town plans and planning proposals, and maps. The collection also includes archival material relating to new towns in Scotland, with particular emphasis on Livingston.
Collection of over 700 titles on naval history, with particular emphasis on the ships and naval operations of World War II. The collection, compiled by Jack Williams, also contains research files which assemble information on ships and minesweepers, including photographs, cuttings, notes and unpublished material.
The collection also includes publications by Jack Williams:
'They led the way: the fleet minesweepers at Normandy, June 1944' (Blackpool: 1994)
'The Algerines: Fleet minesweepers of the Royal Navy, 1942-1961' (Blackpool: 1995)
'Fleet sweepers at war: fleet minesweepers of the Royal Navy 1939-1945' (Blackpool: 1997)