Access and Copying in Archives

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Access and Copying in Archives

Readers may obtain copies of archival material, although access may be restricted in some cases.

We aim to provide access to most records to allow you to enjoy your rich archival heritage.  We will also endeavour to provide you with copies - check our Archives Charges list (see right)  for more information.

The archivist will explain any access or copying restrictions.

Access Restrictions

We are bound by various statutes and agreements, which may restrict access to particular types of record:

  • restrictions placed on records by private depositors
  • Data Protection law protects personal information and requires us to close records, e.g. 
          • school records, chiefly admission registers and log books (from 30 to 75 years)
  •  Poor Law applications (75 years for adults, 100 years for children)
  •  police personnel records (75 years)
  •  adoption or looked-after children records (100 years)

All requests to look at records of adoption or looked-after children for Glasgow should be made through Families for Children, Social Work Services, Glasgow City Council.  

Copying Restrictions

We are unable to offer self-service copying facilities and some items may require the permission of the copyright or collection owner.  If the item is fragile, we may be unable to copy it due to the risk of further damage.

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