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George Washington Wilson Collection
Born in the North East of Scotland, George Washington Wilson (1823-93), became established in Aberdeen in the 1850s as an 'artist and photographer'. Wilson captured images from all over Britain and the colonial townships of South Africa and Australia, as well as the western Mediterranean. The collection consists of over 37,000 glass plate negatives, produced during the second half of the 19th century by which time the company he founded had become the largest and best known photographic and printing firm in the world.
Image: Tugela Falls near Colenso Natal, South Africa c.1898

Frigg UK: 30 years on
Funded by TOTAL E&P UK and Gassled, this resource documents 30 years’ of innovation and activity on the UK Continental Shelf creating an important, comprehensive and unique resource. A wide variety of material has been catalogued, including engineering drawings, technical manuals, operational records, company journals, photographs, and film and video footage. This is accompanied by a series of online essays detailing the dynamic story of the UK’s involvement and achievements.
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In Memoriam
This resource tells the stories of the soldiers and sons of Aberdeen, the Northeast, and farther afield who were involved in both world wars and did not survive to tell their own. It provides details of each soldier’s name, rank, regiment, honours, date of birth, date of death, and burial along with a brief biography. The First World War biographies also contain photographs of the men and personal information contributed by friends, family, professors, and military commanders.
In Memoriam

Aberdeen Bestiary
The Aberdeen Bestiary (Aberdeen University Library MS 24) is considered to be one of the best examples of its type. The manuscript, written and illuminated in England around 1200, is of added interest since it contains notes, sketches and other evidence of the way it was designed and executed.
Image: detail from 'Yale' illustration

The Burnet Psalter
Composed in the first half of the fifteenth century, The Burnet Psalter contains the categories of material common to psalters of the time: a calendar, devotions (prayers and hymns) for personal use, the Psalter itself (the Book of Psalms), and liturgies (forms of worship) for personal use.
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The St Albans Psalter Project
The St Albans Psalter, owned by St Godehard's Church in Hildesheim, Germany, is one of the finest examples of English Romanesque art. It is connected historically to Christina of Markyate, a hermitess living near St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire, in the early 12th century. Christina, aided by a monk from the abbey, collaborated in the production of her own biography, a vivid document recounting the dramatic events of her life, several of which can be connected with the psalter.
Image: detail from the 'Christina' initial

The MacBean Jacobite Collection
The MacBean Stuart & Jacobite Collection is a resource of international importance. Some 3,500 books and 1,000 pamphlets cover every aspect of the Jacobite rebellions, the causes and effects, and the personalities, royal, national and local. The Collection also offers much promising background material for research into many aspects of the late-seventeenth or eighteenth centuries.
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University of Aberdeen Oral History Archive
Begun in 1985 as part of the Aberdeen University Quincentenary Project, the interviews were originally intended to aid historians working on monographs commemorating the University's Quincentenary a decade later. Interviewing continues, however, and the archive now contains over 160 interviews with 142 individuals connected with the University.
Image: Sir Dugald Baird

The Papers of Thomas Reid
Thomas Reid (1710-96) is internationally known as the chief representative of the Scottish School of Common Sense. Appointed to a Regentship at King's College Aberdeen, his duties required him to teach a wide range of subjects, but his principle interest lay in philosophy. Reid's philosophical ideas remain of great interest. They are marked by a striking lucidity of thought and expression.
Image: Thomas Reid

Aberdeen Harbour Board Collection
The Aberdeen Harbour Board Collection consists of about 6,000 glass plate negatives dating from the 1880s to the 1930s. They are mainly images of the harbour and surrounding area, but include some of Aberdeen city and further afield. The photographs were taken by the Board's engineering staff as a record of port developments and activities.
 
Image: 'Heavy seas at south breakwater' c.1920

The Music of James Scott Skinner
James Scott Skinner (1843 1927) was a key figure in Scottish traditional music. He took the art of Scottish fiddle music to a new height through his playing and his compositions.This site is a learning and research resource suitable for anyone with an interest in Skinner, Scottish dance, Scottish fiddle music, Scottish traditional music and its history, and the North East of Scotland.
Image: Scott Skinner

The Voice of Radicalism
The Voice of Radicalism traces the changes in democratic rights in Northeast Scotland from 1800 to 1930. Materials include political articles from 19th and 20th century newspapers, prints, squibs, ephemera and song sheets. The themes covered include the reform acts, Chartism, political and social grievances which led to popular protest, trade-unionism, the rise of the Labour party and the women's suffrage movement.

Image: detail from photograph 'Suffragettes' c.1908

The Sir Walter Scott Collection assembled by Bernard C. Lloyd
The collection is generally understood to be one of the most comprehensive collections of Sir Walter Scott printed books ever assembled. It contains almost every edition of every work written or edited by Scott and published during his lifetime, works to which he contributed, and works derived from Scott such as songs, playscripts, libretti, chapbooks, illustrations and parodies, together with catalogues, biographies and criticism.
Image: Sir Walter Scott

The Brown-Lindsay and Christ's College Pamphlet Collection
The collection encompasses 300 years of the history of the dissenting Presbyterian Churches but also includes rarities reflecting wider religious issues. Dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries, the pamphlets also cover a wide subject area, and there are works - many quite rare - concerning slavery, religious revivals, Sunday observance, baptism, the education and well-being of the working class, science and religion, Mormonism and spiritualism.
Image: detail of pamphlet

Charting the Nation
The Charting the Nation is a collaborative digital imaging and cataloguing project with the aim of widening access to the maps of Scotland. The collection includes a wide variety of single maps and maps in atlases and other bound books, together with important manuscript and printed texts relating to the geography and mapping of Scotland from 1550 to 1740 and beyond.
Image: map 'The Kingdom of Scotland' c.1695

Revelation
The RSLP Revelation project, administered by the University of Birmingham, aims to unlock research resources for 19th and 20th century Church History and Christian Theology. Aberdeen University submitted detailed descriptions of some 52 relevant collections of printed and manuscript material.

Image: inside St Machar's Cathedral
 

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