A 16 month cataloguing project to arrange and make available online the catalogues of the King’s College and Marischal College Archives has now been completed. All of the catalogue records for the University Archives, from foundation to the fusion in 1860, are now available online. The initial one year King’s College project was made possible by financial assistance from the Friends of Aberdeen University Library.

These two significant, rich, and unique research resources are not just of importance to Aberdeen but to Scotland and the global research community. King’s College was founded by Bishop Elphinstone under a papal bull issued by Alexander VI in 1495 and was the first university in the North-East of Scotland. Marischal College was founded in 1593 by the fourth Earl Marischal to address, what the Earl believed to be, the inadequacies of King’s College. From the founding of Marischal College the two institutions maintained a hostile relationship, which was brought to an enforced end when the two colleges united in 1860. Both King’s and Marischal College trained teachers, ministers, doctors, lawyers, politicians and philosophers, many of whom went on to have distinguished careers in their respective disciplines. Both these collections contain detailed resources on the founding of the colleges, the evolution of their respective curriculums, teaching methods, staff and students, financial papers (which range from staff salaries to routine accounts), legal disputes, college administration, properties and buildings and college land ownership.

Both these catalogues are now available to search on our online catalogue here.

Simply enter: Marischal* to view the entire Marischal College archive catalogue or Kings* to view the entire King’s College archive catalogue.