The collection was acquired in 1973 from the library of Professor Sidney T.M. Newman (1906-71), Reid Professor of Music in Edinburgh University, 1941-70. It comprises 1,157 books and maps relating to roads and road travel, including road-books, itineraries and guide-books, numerous editions of Cary's New Itinerary, histories of roads and road-making, and early topographies. There are also some maps and atlases, mostly of the British Isles, and which date from the 17th to the 19th century. The Map Library has a copy of Newman's own catalogue of the collection.