The Crawford collections are the special collections of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, the family library of the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres, assembled during the 19th century, and deposited on long-term loan in the National Library. Two of the Crawford collections (the Reformation and Lutheran tracts and the Indulgences) have been on deposit since the mid-1970s. In 1988 the other printed collections were transferred from the John Rylands University Library in Manchester (the family archive was transferred from the John Rylands University Library at the same time) to form the 11 separate groups, which are described here. The Borghese Collection has been fully catalogued and can be found in the Library?s Main Catalogue, and the cataloguing of the French Revolutionary collection is in progress; the other nine collections are uncatalogued, but some are listed in the short title catalogues cited below. Altogether the Crawford collections enhance the Library?s holdings by c. 45,000 items.
N. Barker, Bibliotheca Lindesiana: the Lives and Collections of Alexander William, 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of Balcarres, and James Ludovic, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres, London, 1977. G.A. Matheson and F. Taylor, Hand-List of Personal Papers from the Muniments of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, Manchester, 1976. Typescript inventory of the remainder of the archive.