This Collection, on bibliography, the wider aspects of Western print culture, and manuscript production, has been built up to assist with teaching and research into aspects of the University's written and printed holdings. The Collection covers many aspects of manuscript production, book production and printing, studies of individual manuscripts, libraries and archives, bibliographical studies, binding, censorship, and special collections, as well as containing much reference material.
Keywords: Manuscript studies; bibliography; book design; publishing.
Strengths: The Collection predominately holds texts on the culture of the book in a European context. There are also many facsimiles of manuscripts.
Languages:English, Latin, French, Spanish
Physical characteristics: c. 2000 volumes. Many periodical runs (bibliography and archive studies).
Accumulation date range: 1980s-present
Contents date range: 1811-present. Mainly twentieth century onwards
Associated Publications: Available on Library OPAC or WebPAC
Accrual Status: Active
Custodial history/provenance: The Collection is from general library stock and was originally formed as a Collection specifically relating to items in Aberdeen University Library. The remit changed and the Collection has a far wider reference to books and manuscript studies in general. The Collection in its present form began to be built up from the mid-1980s and acquisitions are added on a regular basis.
Access Control: Open access. Mainly borrowable, but with some reference-only titles.