The Glasgow Collection

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Special Collections,
Level 5, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN
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The Glasgow Collection

Napier's Building Yard, Govan, July 1845, where The Black Prince was built. Watercolour by William Simpson. Napier's Building Yard, Govan. Watercolour by William Simpson (1845)
The Glasgow Collection was one of the very first 'special collections' to be formed when The Mitchell Library opened in Miller Street in 1877.  A decision was taken by the 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 and 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.

Images from our Glasgow Collection were recently used by Discovering Britain for their Glasgow Walking route. You can view them here. Family history enthusiasts can also use this link to trace the steps of their Glaswegian ancestors. 

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