Archives

Archives relating to the printing industry in Scotland

The fol­low­ing insti­tu­tions have impor­tant col­lec­tions relat­ing to print­ing and the allied trades in Scot­land:

Edward Clark Col­lec­tion, Edin­burgh Napi­er Uni­ver­si­ty
Nation­al Library of Scot­land: sub­stan­tial col­lec­tions of records relat­ing to the print­ing indus­try in the Man­u­scripts Col­lec­tions, includ­ing com­pa­ny archives, print union records and the archive of the Scot­tish Print Employ­ers Fed­er­a­tion
Nation­al Records of Scot­land, Edin­burgh
Edin­burgh Uni­ver­si­ty Library and the Scot­tish Book Trade Archive Inven­to­ry
Edin­burgh and Scot­tish Col­lec­tion, City of Edin­burgh Cen­tral Library
Mitchell Library, Glas­gow
Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Library Spe­cial Col­lec­tions, list of archives relat­ing to print­ing and pub­lish­ing
A K Bell Library, Perth
Aberdeen Uni­ver­si­ty Library, Spe­cial Col­lec­tions
Dundee Uni­ver­si­ty Library
St Andrews Uni­ver­si­ty Library

Note: the dates list­ed may relate only to mate­r­i­al in the archive col­lec­tion rather than the dates when the com­pa­ny was active.For details of the actu­al extent of each archive please con­tact the repos­i­to­ry con­cerned.

Archives for print­ers and print­ing firms are list­ed below: archives relat­ing to book­bind­ing, paper­mak­ing and oth­er allied trades are list­ed on the appro­pri­ate page. You can also down­load the full print­ing and allied trades archive list (June 2014). You can view the list of archive col­lec­tions relat­ed to print­ing and allied trades unions here.

Aberdeen Jour­nals Ltd, 1928 — 1968 (includ­ing Aberdeen News­pa­pers Ltd [1922 — 1928], and Aberdeen & North of Scot­land News­pa­pers & Print­ing Co Ltd [1876 — 1922]). Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre: ref MS 2770

Aberdeen Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1869 — 1996 (includ­ing Arthur King & Co. [1869–1900], The Rose­mount Press [1903–1932], William Jack­son & Co. [1914–1952], John Avery & Co. [1884–1958], John Milne, The Cen­tral Press Ltd [1944–1977], G. Corn­wall & Sons [1857–1972], White Heather Pub­lish­ing Co. [1963–1977]). Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre: ref MS3233

Arthur King & Co, print­ers & pub­lish­ers, Aberdeen, 1869–1898. See Aberdeen Uni­ver­si­ty Press, Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre: ref MS3233

Bade­noch Print­ers (James John­ston & Son), print­ers, Kingussie. Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land

Bal­lan­tyne, James, print­er, Edin­burgh. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref  Acc.11815

Bartholomew Archive (John Bartho­molew & Sons), print­ers and map­mak­ers, Edin­burgh, 1826–1982. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref  Acc.10222; Acc.10453. See also Bartholomew Archive web­site 

Birk­beck, John A, print­er (and Dundee Typo­graph­i­cal Soci­ety). Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref  Acc.5277

Black­ie & Son Ltd, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, Glas­gow, 1794–1964 (includes Gre­sham Pub­lish­ing Co Ltd) Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices: ref UGD 061, UGD 166, Addnl Accn 1595

Boyd fam­i­ly (Oliv­er & Boyd), Edin­burgh. Nation­al Library of Scot­land: Acc.9544

Bur­ness, James, print­er , Edinburgh,1824–1845. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.5684

Charles Letts & Co Ltd, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, Dalkei­th, 1820–1980. Held pri­vate­ly

Cham­bers, Robert and William, see W & R Cham­bers

Con­sta­ble, Archibald and Thomas see T & A Con­sta­ble

Darien Press, print­ers, Edin­burgh, 1873–1964. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref  Dep.312; Min­utes & share records 1873–1964 in Oliv­er & Boyd archive, ref Acc.5000

David Win­ter & Sons Ltd, book­sellers, sta­tion­ers and print­ers, Dundee, 1858–1951. Dundee City Archive & Record Cen­tre: ref GD/X29

Dum­fries & Gal­loway Stan­dard & Adver­tis­er, 1855–1858. Dum­fries & Gal­loway Archives: ref GD4/23–4

Dundee, Perth & Cupar Adver­tis­er, news­pa­per, 1851–1852. Dundee City Archive & Record Cen­tre: ref GD/Mus37

The Edin­burgh Press, print­er, 1907–1936. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: in T. & A. Con­sta­ble archive, ref MS.23237–23617

Edmond, J P: notes (includ­ing cor­re­spon­dence) on Aberdeen­shire print­ers, c1850. Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre: ref MS 2894

F John­ston & Com­pa­ny Ltd, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, Edin­burgh, 1797–1954 (orig­i­nal­ly in Falkirk). Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 2845 (includes both busi­ness records and per­son­al cor­re­spon­dence)

Farr & Com­pa­ny Ltd, lith­o­g­ra­phers and print­ers, Pais­ley, 1885–1950. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices

G & W Fras­er Ltd, print­ers and sta­tion­ers, Aberdeen, 1871–1966. Records held pri­vate­ly (Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 1681)

George Corn­wall & Son, print­ers, Aberdeen, 1898–1960. Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Libraries and Archives, ref MS 2871. See also Aberdeen Uni­ver­si­ty Press: ref MS3233. Oth­er records held pri­vate­ly (con­tact Busi­ness Archives Coun­cil Scot­land)

George Out­ram & Co, print­ers and news­pa­per pub­lish­ers, Glas­gow, 1818–1869. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices: ref: UGD 26

George Water­ston & Sons Ltd, print­ers and sta­tion­ers, Edin­burgh, 1752–1975. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.12235; Acc.4292 [Mf.Mss.111]. See also Water­ston, Robert

Gilmour & Dean Ltd, print­ers, Hamil­ton, 1845–1979. Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 3861

H & J Pil­lans & Wil­son, print­ers and sta­tion­ers, Edin­burgh, 1878–1938. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.10614

Hardgate Press Ltd, print­ers, Glas­gow, 1954–1973. Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow: ref 1/35/5

Haw­ick News, Pub­lish­ers & Print­ers, Haw­ick, 1882- . Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 2354

Hay, Wal­ter S, print­ing com­pos­i­tor, 1920–1970. Stir­ling Uni­ver­si­ty Library: ref MS 27 (tapes/transcripts of inter­views, by Dou­glas Mack and Alas­tair Wood, Stir­ling Uni­ver­si­ty, about career 1920s to the 1960s)

Hed­der­wick family, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, Glas­gow, 1835–1915. Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow: ref 891371

Hugh Mac­don­ald, whole­sale sta­tion­er, Oban, 1936–1939. Argyll and Bute Coun­cil Archives: refe DR/1/164

Isaac F Smith, Aberdeen, see Lewis Smith & Son

J & J Mur­doch Ltd, print­ers, Glas­gow, 1937–1966. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices: ref UGD232. See also John Laird & Son

James Bal­lan­tyne & Com­pa­ny, print­ers, Edinburgh,1797–1841. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.10270

James Lums­den, Son & Co Ltd, whole­sale and export stationers,Glasgow, 1861–1878 (Lums­den of Arden). Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices: ref DC 112 [NRA(S)2580]

James Mac­nab, print­er, Glas­gow, 1870–1962. Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow: ref ML No 89805; SR350 TOC; Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archives Ser­vices: ref UGD 278

James Reid & Son Ltd, sta­tionery man­u­fac­tur­ers and print­ers, Glas­gow, 1931–1962. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Library Archives: ref UGD 147; Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow: sales/contract books and sam­ples

John Avery & Co Ltd (Greyfri­ars Press), print­ers, Aberdeen, 1884–1958. See Aberdeen Uni­ver­si­ty Press, Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre: ref MS3233

John Bartholomew & Son, geo­graph­i­cal pub­lish­ers, Edin­burgh. See Bartholomew Archive, above

John Laird & Son Ltd, print­ing, pack­ag­ing and paper bag man­u­fac­tur­ers, Glas­gow, 1929–1975. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices: ref UGD 232 [Don­ald­son & Fil­er Ltd; Havopak Ltd; J & J Mur­doch Ltd ; The Robin­son Group, A Short His­to­ry of the E S & A Robin­son Group (1965, Bris­tol)]

John Thom­lin­son Ltd, print­ers, Glas­gow, 1875–1997 (until relo­cat­ed to Clyde­bank in 1996). Held pri­vate­ly held (Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 3868)

Lewis Smith & Son, book­sellers and print­ers, Aberdeen, 1879–1901. Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre: ref MS945; Aberdeen City and Aberdeen­shire Archives:: ref DD49 (includes Isaac F Smith)

Liv­ing­stone Bros, man­u­fac­tur­ing sta­tion­ers, Glas­gow, 1897–1972. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices; ref UGD 113

McClure, Andrew, engraver and lith­o­g­ra­ph­er, part­ner in McClure & Mac­Don­ald, engravers, d.1885. Nation­al Records of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: GD282/12/130

Mac­far­lane & Ersk­ine, print­ers and lith­o­g­ra­phers, Edin­burgh, 1880–1963. Nation­al Records of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref GD338; Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Dep.369

Macken­zie & Stor­rie Ltd, print­ers, Lei­th, 1855–1997. Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 3650

Macle­hose Group Ltd, print­ers, Glas­gow, 1882–1980. Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow; Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archives Ser­vice: ref Sp Coll MS Gen 1594

Mac­nab, James, print­er, Glas­gow, 1870–1962. Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow: ref ML No 89805 [busi­ness and per­son­al papers] and SR350 TOC; Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archives Ser­vice: ref UGD 278

Mark & Charles Kerr, King’s print­ers and sta­tion­ers for Scot­land, Edin­burgh, 1790–1820. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.11853

Mon­trose Review Press Ltd, pub­lish­ers and print­ers 1883–1901. Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 2062

Nation­al Labour Press Ltd incl Black­fri­ars Ltd, Glas­gow, 1918–1969. Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow: ref TD956/25; Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics Library, Archives Divi­sion: ref BLPES/ILP/Section 7/5/3. Misc papers

Nei­d­path Press Ltd, print­ers, 1937–1944. Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 1781 See also the Nei­d­path Press web­site.

Neill & Com­pa­ny, print­ers, Edin­burgh. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Dep.196; Dep.226

Oliv­er & Boyd, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, Edin­burgh, 1815–1882. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.5000

Pil­lans & Wil­son, print­ers, Edin­burgh. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.10614. Ledgers, 1878–1928

Pol­lok­shields Print­ing Ser­vices Ltd, Glas­gow, 1950–1981. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices: ref UGD243/6

R & R Clark, print­ers, Edinburgh,1892–1965. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Dep 229; Acc.12588; Acc.6283; Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics Library, Archives Divi­sion, Shaw Busi­ness Papers (Sec­tion 6)

Ray­mond Pri­vate Press, Cullen, Banff­shire, 1967–1997. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.12322

Robert L Flem­ing Ltd, paper sack man­u­fac­tur­ers, Dundee, 1939–1995. Dundee Uni­ver­si­ty Archive, Records Man­age­ment & Muse­um Ser­vices: ref MS117

Raban, Edward, print­er, Aberdeen. See Walk­er, William

Robert Macle­hose & Co Ltd (Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Press), 1882–1978. See Macle­hose Group

S & T Dunn, let­ter­press print­ers, Glas­gow, 1850–1856. Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow: ref TD148

Scots­man Pub­li­ca­tions. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.11812

Shep­herd, William, print­er and sta­tion­er, 1855–1953. Angus Archives: ref MS166

Simp­son, William, 1823–1899. Rem­i­nis­cences of the ear­ly his­to­ry of lith­o­g­ra­phy in Glas­gow : from the Print­ing Times and Lith­o­g­ra­ph­er of Jan. and Feb. 1879 / by William Simp­son; the main part of the infor­ma­tion in this con­tri­bu­tion was col­lect­ed by John Inglis. Glas­gow, 1879. 1v (unpaged). Scrap­book of let­ters, news­pa­per cut­tings and lith­o­graphs. Glas­gow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glas­gow

Simp­son Label Co Ltd, label print­ers, Dalkei­th, 1877–1984 (pre­vi­ous­ly in Edin­burgh). Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 2978

Somerville & Mor­ri­son Ltd, water­proof and pro­tec­tive paper man­u­fac­tur­ers, Glas­gow, 1900–2000. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archive Ser­vices: ref ACCN 3502

South­ern Reporter, news­pa­per print­er and pub­lish­er, Selkirk, 1930–1969. Scot­tish Bor­ders Archive and Local His­to­ry Cen­tre: ref SC/S/25

Stan­dard Press Ltd, print­ers, Mon­trose, 1928–1957. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.8058

T & A Con­sta­ble, print­ers, Edin­burgh, 1834–1918. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.12587; Dep.307; MSS.23237–23617. See also Archibald Con­sta­ble, pub­lish­er: Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.12728; MSS. 319–332; MSS.789–803; Acc.11581; MS.7200; MS.8991; MSS.23230–23234; MSS.23618–23620; MSS.668–684; MSS.23621. City of Edin­burgh Cen­tral Library: Local his­to­ry col­lec­tions
Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics Library, Archives Divi­sion, Shaw Busi­ness Papers (Sec­tion 7). Scot­tish Book Trade Archive Inven­to­ry lists Archibald Con­sta­ble, Cor­re­spon­dence (1801–1827); Let­ters (1801–1827); Let­ters to John Brad­fute (1805); Also Thomas Con­sta­ble, 1812–1881, print­er and pub­lish­er, Stir­ling Uni­ver­si­ty Library: ref MS 19 (pre­sen­ta­tion slip from Thomas Con­sta­ble to Robert Walk­er, 1873); Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref MSS 3052, 3109

T & J Man­son Ltd, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, Ler­wick, 1868–1977. Shet­land Archives: ref D.15

T & T Clark, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, Edin­burgh, 1859–1960. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Dep.342; Acc.10689; Acc.10785; Acc.11268; Acc.11792; Acc.12093; Dep.247; Acc 11267

T C & E C Jack, print­ers, Edin­burgh, 1901–1939. Edin­burgh Napi­er Uni­ver­si­ty, Edward Clark Col­lec­tion (SAPPHIRE): ref 1999/124; 1999/203

Thomas Nel­son & Sons, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, [1861–1961]. Edin­burgh Uni­ver­si­ty Library, Cen­tre for Research Col­lec­tions: ref E2007.16; Gen.1728/1–821. Edin­burgh Napi­er Uni­ver­si­ty, Edward Clark Col­lec­tion (SAPPHIRE): ref 1999/112; 1999/203). Also at Tem­ple Uni­ver­si­ty — Thomas Nel­son & Sons (USA); Brown Uni­ver­si­ty —  John Buchan mate­r­i­al, 1898–1976; Dart­mouth Col­lege, USA — John Buchan & lit­er­ary agent

Colles & J. B. Pinker mate­r­i­al, 1898–1925. See Graph­i­cal, Paper and Media Union, Edin­burgh Branch.

Valen­tines of Dundee Ltd, greet­ing card man­u­fac­tur­ers, Dundee, 1896–1982. St Andrews Uni­ver­si­ty Library Depart­ment of Spe­cial Col­lec­tions: ref ms38562

W & A K John­ston Ltd, geo­graph­i­cal print­ers and pub­lish­ers, Edin­burgh, 1839–1931. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: refAcc.5811

W & R Cham­bers, print­ers and pub­lish­ers,  c1819-1990. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.13178; Acc.9213; Dep.341
Also Cham­bers, Robert, print­er and pub­lish­er, Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.8164; Acc.8785 [MF.MSS.416]. Oth­er records held pri­vate­ly

Wad­die & Co Ltd, man­u­fac­tur­ing sta­tion­ers and print­ers, Edin­burgh, 1874–1982. Held pri­vate­ly Nation­al Reg­is­ter of Archives for Scot­land: ref 3641

Water­ston family (includes Robert Water­ston, print­er and sta­tion­er). Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.12330. See also George Water­ston & Sons Ltd

Walk­er, George: bib­li­o­graph­i­cal notes relat­ing to print­ing in Aberdeen, 1624–1662. Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre: ref MS 972

Walk­er, William: Life of Edward Raban, 1851, tran­scribed by William Walk­er. Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre: MS 2774

William Collins, Son & Co Ltd, print­ers and pub­lish­ers, 1822–1986. Glas­gow Uni­ver­si­ty Archives Ser­vices: ref: UGD 243

William Jack­son & Co, book­binders, Aberdeen, 1914–1959. Uni­ver­si­ty of Aberdeen Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Cen­tre, ref­er­ence MS 3233/4

William Kidd, book­seller, sta­tion­er, print­er and pub­lish­er, Dundee, 1896. Dundee Uni­ver­si­ty Archive, Records Man­age­ment & Muse­um Ser­vices: ref MS 136

Wil­son, Gor­don, print­er, Edin­burgh. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.11827; Acc.12419

Wil­son, Print­ers, Ayr. Nation­al Library of Scot­land, Edin­burgh: ref Acc.4082 [MF.MSS.93]