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Special Collections

The following special collections may be searched and browsed individually. Click on the title of the collection, and then begin your search. Items in these collections are also displayed when you are searching the full University of Dundee catalogue.

The Brechin Diocesan Library
This collection of c10,000 books and manuscripts has been on permanent loan from the Episcopal Diocese of Brechin since 1961, and consists largely of theological books, some of great bibliographic interest. All items in the collection are held in Archive Services.

The Nicoll Collection
An art library forming part of the large art collection donated by James Nicoll, a former student. The collection includes art and art history books, including auction catalogues and is held in the Library Store.

The Leng Collection of Scottish Philosophy
Works of Scottish philosophers of the 18th and early 19th centuries, purchased with money donated by Dr Janet Leng. Held in the Library Store.

The Thoms Mineralogy Collection
A small collection of rare mineralogy books donated by Alexander Thoms. Held in the Library Store.

The Kinnear Local Collection
A substantial local collection of around 4600 items, most of which were donated by Catherine M. Kinnear. Held in Archive Services.

The Joan Auld Memorial Collection
A small collection of material on labour and related history. Donated in memory of Joan Auld, former University Archivist. Held in Archive Services.

The Allan Ramsay Collection
Catherine Kinnear also specialised in collecting the works of Allan Ramsay, the Scottish poet, and the Library now has one of the finest collections associated with him. A printed catalogue is available. Held in Archive Services.

Law Special Collection
This collection of older Law books is held in Archive Services.

The H,S and U sequences
The University has three sequences of more general material which are of restricted access:

H is a special collection on the History of Medicine and is kept at Robertson Trust Medical Library. For access to this collection you should contact Mr Andy Jackson, Principal Assistant Librarian at Ninewells, on 01382 740159.

S is a general collection of books which are special or selected for reasons other than age, and are kept in store. If you wish to access this collection, please email Main Library.

U is a general collection of books published before 1831. Held in Archive Services.

The William Lyon Mackenzie Canadiana Collection
Over a period of twenty years the Canadian High Commission in London and the Provincial Government of Ontario donated money to several Scottish University Libraries to buy Canadian publications in the fields of literature, history, politics and geography. These items are shelved in the Solum Store (Remote Store 1) and most of them can be borrowed in the normal way. William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861) was a native of Dundee who emigrated to Canada in 1820 and became a major political figure, and the first mayor of Toronto, in pre-reform Canada.