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  • Online publication date: June 2018




Aberdeen Art Gallery And Museums, James Mcbey Memorial Print Room And Art Gallery, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB9 1FQ.

TEL 01224 523700.

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This is the working library of the Art Gallery and Museum, and has been developed since the present accommodation was provided by the widow of James McBey in 1961. The library holds c.10,000 books and some 5,000 exhibition catalogues, the majority of which are art-related. Collection covers the whole field of art, with emphasis on 20th-cent. British work. There is a special collection of c.200 books and memorabilia that belonged to James McBey (1883–1959), etcher and artist, presented in 1960 by his widow.

Aberdeen University Library, Special Collections Centre, the Sir Duncan Rice Library, Bedford Road, Aberdeen AB24 3AA.

TEL 01224 272598.

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King's College, founded in 1495, and Marischal College, founded in 1593, were separate universities until ‘fusion’ in 1860. Each had its own library, and each attracted gifts and bequests of books over the centuries, a practice of acquisition which has continued since 1860. In 2011, special collections were relocated from long-term accommodation at King's College to the newly-opened Sir Duncan Rice Library. The printed book collections in the Special Collections Centre extend to c.230,000 v., 15th–21st cent.

I. Beavan, P. Davidson and J. Stevenson (eds), The Library and Archive Collections of the University of Aberdeen: an Introduction and Description (2011)

J. R. Pickard, A History of King's College Library, Aberdeen, 3 v. (1987)

alford Mutual Improvement association library.

C.1,700 v., mainly 19th cent. Founded 1839, with further additions made in 1920s. Good example of a 19th-cent. rural county library. Particular concentrations in popular Victorian literature (esp. novels), geology and natural history.

bernard C. lloyd Walter Scott collection. C.6,000

v. written, edited or with contributions by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832). Primarily 1st edns of all Scott's writings in English and other European languages, together with secondary biographical and critical literature, 18th–21st cent., and other works, ranging from operatic libretti to comic strips, adapting or inspired by Scott.

A. Lumsden, ‘The Bernard C. Lloyd Walter Scott Collection’, in Beavan, Davidson and Stevenson (see above), 278–279

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