Guide to manuscript collections

This guide covers all the significant manuscripts and archives held by the Manuscripts Division. Detailed inventories of many of the larger collections are provided.

Manuscripts catalogue

The coverage of this catalogue is currently very limited. It contains records relating to a small number of individual collections, covering a range of dates from the 16th century. A list of the collections that are included in the catalogue is available.

John Murray Archive manuscripts catalogue

This catalogue contains descriptions of items in the John Murray Archive. It includes brief descriptions of all the bound volumes and files of loose papers. There are also some entries for individual documents. The archive is divided into eight series, which are groups of related documents.

Scottish labour history collections in Manuscript Collections

This list contains summary details of all collections of significant size in the field of Scottish labour and trade union history, including personal papers of individuals active in these movements.

An index to modern political manuscripts in the National Library

This index contains mainly 20th-century material. It lists the National Library of Scotland's holdings of the national and local papers of some of the political parties in Scotland, together with the personal papers of many politicians.

Scots Abroad databases

This resource relating to the activities of Scots overseas includes a database of emigrants' correspondence and papers from the manuscripts collections.


Visit the Manuscripts Collections page for information on collections and services.


Catalogues main page