The Glasgow Collection was one of the very first 'special collections' to be formed when The Mitchell Library first opened in Miller Street in 1877. A decision was taken by the then Librarian, Francis Thornton Barrett, to preserve all material relating to the history, life and people of the city of Glasgow.
This unique collection has grown over the years to become a valuable record of the city’s history and people. It holds a huge variety of material - books, maps, plans, directories, newspapers, photographs, pamphlets, Valuation and Voters' Rolls, photographs and engravings - and is of immense importance both to researchers and the local community.
Glasgow City Archives, located on the same floor, hold the official records of the city which date back to the 15th century.