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A little about myself and our collection:

In May of 2008 I emigrated from Canada to take up the role of Photographic Archivist in the Special Collections Department of the University of St Andrews Library. I am enjoying exploring all this collection has to offer, and am presently focused on establishing new ways to create access in order to share its great wealth with researchers and a broader audience.

Our collection now encompasses over 700,000 photographs including many topographic views of Scotland and the British Isles, representing diverse aspects cultural transformation from the 1840s onward. In addition to historic views of Scotland, our holdings have been developed in support of the University’s academic curricula, and boast many albums, travel views, private collections, and of course images from the formative days of photographic practice.

The next few years will be devoted to mining our many hidden riches and resources, modernising our management and access to the collection, and building collaborative relationships with colleagues and institutions throughout the UK and abroad.

If anyone is interested in learning more about our collection or would like to conduct research in person, please feel free to contact me at your leisure.

To obtain an overview of our holdings, please take the opportunity to consult our online database at:
This online resource represents 10% of our collection but functions as an excellent starting point for most research. Greater internet access to our collections and supporting documentation will be available when we implement a new more extensive and user-friendly online system in the autumn of 2011.

Yours sincerely,


Marc Boulay

Photographic Archivist

Department of Special Collections
Library Annexe
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9WH

Tel. 01334 462326


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Jobs at University of St Andrews Library

Dear colleagues, friends and prospective applicants,


I’m writing to let you know of two posts which have now been formally advertised by the University for roles within the Department of Special Collections of the University of St Andrews Library in Scotland.


Each post would consist of a four year contract working with the Lawrence Levy Golf Photography Collection which is comprised of over 200,000 35mm slides on the subject of golf from 1978 to 1994. Each…


Posted on November 7, 2011 at 16:04

Reputable Photographic Appraisers

Hello everyone.

Does anyone have any advice or recommendations regarding appraisers who are qualified to provide informed and well documented appraisals of 19th and 20th century photography, photographic albums, and photographic books?

Recommendations for individuals or firms with a good reputation in the UK would be preferred with the added preference of being located in Scotland if possible.


Much thanks to…


Posted on February 22, 2011 at 13:47 — 1 Comment

St Andrews Photographic Collection looking for post-grad intern

Hello everyone,

As a result of unfortunate circumstances we've lost our summer intern and are seeking a post graduate level student or recent graduate to work with our team in the Photographic Collection of the University of St Andrews library.

This placement would begin in mid-July and last for 6-8 weeks. Candidates must have training or keen interest in working directly with photographic materials, and have in-depth knowledge of photographic history. The work would… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 16:40 — 1 Comment

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