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Geography Archives and Historic Collections

TitleGeography Archives and Historic Collections
DescriptionA collection of over 300 historic maps, including late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century bird's-eye plans of cities, sailing maps, Naismith and Crighton plans of Edinburgh (New Town), maps of Scotland, Britain, and further afield. A collection of photographic equipment for use in geography fieldwork, including a 1970s aerial photograph camera, photogrammetry kits, remote sensing kits and an epidioscope. A collection of over 2,000 photographic glass slides from the 1930s to 1980s and aerial photographs covering much of Scotland and Britain from the 1940s to 60s. Used for teaching purposes. The glass slide collection includes a catalogue, completed in 1999. The collection includes plastic three-dimensional topographic maps, and atlases donated as the John Bartholomew bequest. There is also a large collection of undergraduate dissertations, including the first honours year of 1934 and complete until the 1970s. A full collection of Alan Ogilvie's diaries from c. 1907/8 - 1952/3, and a copy of Ogilvie correspondence from the American Geographical Society Library. Student records, notebooks and photographs from 1930s - 1950s. The collection also includes a map library of c. 50,000 items including unique items such as admiralty charts, manuscripts and research maps.
CustodianJohn Bartholomew; Alan Ogilvie; J. Wreford Watson
Custodial HistoryCharles Withers
OriginEdinburgh; Europe; Scotland; United Kingdom
Parent Collection University of Edinburgh Collections

Image: Scotiae Tabula, A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1580