to her uncle, James Jackson, in Glasgow,
6 March 1796.
'We will make it easier to access our collections. By 2025 — the centenary of the Library's foundation — we will complete a full listing of the Library's holdings and have a third in digital format.' [2015-2020 strategy]
Almost 12 per cent of the National Library of Scotland's vast collections are now available in digital format, with the number growing every day.
One of these fascinating collections is the Liston papers. Henrietta Liston was a prolific writer and wife of the influential Scottish diplomat Robert Liston.
The insightful journals she kept while posted with her husband to the United States between 1796 and 1800, soon after the Revolutionary War, are now available online for anybody to consult. For example, the written reflections on dinners with President George Washington are awe-inspiring.
Digitising Scotland's history
We are also digitising the nationally significant Antiquarian Books of Scotland collection of 15,000 books covering a range of subjects including sport, education, adventure, Jacobites and religion.
This is a fragile collection, with many items dating from the 1600s. With private funding, the Library has been able to appoint a digital preparation conservator to stabilise the items before they can be handled, digitised and made available for anyone, wherever they are in the world, to view online.