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Colour Our Collections 2017

Emblem 37 from Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier

We have produced a Colouring Book as part of the international #ColorOurCollections week on social media 6th-10th February 2017. We invite you to colour our images and share them on social media tagging us @StrathArchives and including the tag #ColorOurCollections.

The images selected for our colouring book this year are from Atalanta Fugiens (Oppenheim, 1618), an alchemical emblem book, containing fifty woodcut images created under the instruction of Michael Maier by Matthäus Merian. Each image is accompanied by a motto, poem and music in the form of a ‘fugue’. It is regarded as one of the earliest examples of multimedia, using different forms to express complex alchemical ideas and entertain the reader.

Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier is part of the Young Collection which contains books and manuscripts on alchemy and early science dating from the 15th to the 19th century held in the Archives and Special Collections of the University of Strathclyde library.




Winners of Strathclyde Team Award!

Strathclyde Team Award

In recognition of our contribution to the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the University charter last year, the Archives and Special Collections team were awarded a Strathclyde Team Award at the inaugural Strathclyde Medals ceremony at the Barony.

For the anniversary we created a blog themed ‘The University of Strathclyde in 50 items’, the 50 different items chosen promoted the collections and the work of the University in an innovative way to engage audiences with the “Strathclyde story”. The blog proved so popular that we decided to continue it beyond 2014. We have revamped it and widened the scope to include any of the rare and unique items from our collections. 

Check it out


Scottish Election Ephemera appeal 2014

We need your #indyref campaign literature for the Scottish Election Ephemera collection

Selection of leaflets canvassed for the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign 2014Archives and Special Collections are seeking campaign literature for the Scottish Independence Referendum on 18th September 2014. We are looking for leaflets, posters or newsletters canvassed to all constituencies in Scotland to add to our Scottish Election Ephemera.

Please help us and pass your leaflets to library staff, drop into the Archives and Special Collections reading room on level 5 or send to:

Archives and Special Collections, Andersonian Library, 101 St James Road, Glasgow, G4 0NS

Please take a look and share our Referendum Appeal 2014  poster.

The University of Strathclyde in 50 items - February 2014

Royal charter of the University of Strathclyde, 1964. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the granting of the University’s Royal Charter, we have launched a new blog called 'The University of Strathclyde in 50 Items'. Each week throughout the year, we will be posting an image of an item from our collections which helps to tell the University’s story from its beginnings over 200 years ago. 

Who is the Strathclyde connection? - November 2013

November marks the 50thAnniversary of Doctor Who and we are celebrating by sharing the archives of Verity Lambert, the Doctor Who producer responsible for putting the dreaded Daleks on our screen.

Verity Lambert was awarded an honorary degree ‘Doctor of Laws’ by the University in April 1988, and as a result, arranged that her personal archive be gifted to the University.

Verity Lambert receiving her Honorary Degree and her 2 BAFTA's

As part of The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association’s Explore Your Archive campaign, we will have on display various items from the Verity Lambert collection, including her director’s chair, BAFTA awards, OBE medal, photographs and more. You can read more about the collection and Verity Lambert here, but there’s nothing like seeing it for yourself, so come along!

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd November, 10am – 4pm.

Archives and Special Collections, Level 5, Andersonian Library, 101 St James Road, Glasgow, G4 0NS.

If you would like further information, please contact us. 

Strathclyde first to go live on Archives Portal Europe - August 2013

This month, Strathclyde University Archives had the honour of becoming the first UK archive to have descriptions of its archive collections appear on Archives Portal Europe (APE), an online portal providing access to information on archive repositories and archive material throughout Europe. This means that our archive collections are now being advertised to a large, additional audience in Europe.

Happily, this development involved no extra work or cost for Strathclyde. It was the result of an initiative by the Archives Hub, one of the largest UK portals to archives, to which we already contribute descriptions of our archives. With our permission, the Archives Hub is sharing our data, together with the data of other participating UK archives, with APE. We hope that this wider coverage for our archives will alert more researchers to the existence of our unique collections.

Christmas in the Archives - December 2012

Archives and Special Collections would like to wish all our enquirers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The reading room will be closed from Monday 24th December and re-open on 3rd January 2013.

Find us and other archives in Scotland in this 'Guide to Christmas' by the Scottish Council on Archives.


Strathclyde takes Gold! - August 2012

The University Archives has won first place in a competition organized by the Scottish Council on Archives. The competition, called ‘Racing Through The Records’, was organized to celebrate the nation’s sporting heritage and to promote the variety and richness of Scotland’s archives and records. Strathclyde won with this great photograph of two Scottish School of Physical Education students up a lamp post outside Jordanhill College in November 1944.

Transfer of Glasgow Athenaeum records - June 2012

The records of the Glasgow Athenaeum (ref: OH/1), which had been on long term loan to the University since the 1980s, have now been returned to their owners, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Concert and lecture hall at the Glasgow Athenæum.The records will join the Conservatoire’s other collections of institutional and performance archives and can be freely consulted by the public in the Conservatoire’s brand new archives reading room in its Renfrew Street building in Glasgow. For more information about the Conservatoire’s collections of archives, see

To arrange to see the Glasgow Athenaeum records or any of the Conservatoire’s other archives, please contact the Conservatoire’s Archives Officer, Stuart Harris-Logan (tel: 0141 2708299, email:


George Wyllie: A Life Less Ordinary - March 2012

Treasures from our George Wyllie Archive, generously donated by the artist to the University of Strathclyde, are to be showcased in an exhibition at the University’s Collins Gallery. The exhibition is part of the Glasgow-wide Whysman Festival and will feature over 300 framed artworks, photographs, documents and press coverage relating to the extraordinary career of one of Scotland’s most popular artists.


The exhibition runs from 10 March to 21 April 2012 (closed 6-9 April). Opening hours are Tuesday - Friday 10-5 and Saturday 12-4. Venue: Collins Gallery, 22 Richmond St, Glasgow G1 1XQ (tel 0141 5482558).

For more information on the George Wyllie Archive, please contact us.

Strathclyde Theatre Group - August 2011

We are delighted to announce the receipt this month of the archives of the Strathclyde Theatre Group.

Flier for ‘The Russian Play’ produced by Strathclyde Theatre Group in November 2010 This fascinating collection provides a comprehensive record of the plays produced by the Group from the 1960s to the present day and includes photographs, posters, programmes, scripts, correspondence, production files and newsletters. The Group, which ceased functioning earlier this month, was based in the University’s Ramshorn Theatre and operated as an informal academy for theatre and film arts in Glasgow.

The collection is not yet catalogued but enquiries are welcome. Please contact us for more information.


Archives and Special Collections colouring book version 1

Archives and Special Collections colouring book version 2

Archives and Special Collections colouring book 2017

Archives and Special Collections colouring book 2018


Election Ephemera appeal 2017

Archives and Special Collections are seeking campaign literature circulated for the United Kingdom general election on 8th June 2017.
Find out about the collection and how you can help.