About Special Collections

Since the original premises in Miller Street opened its doors to the public in 1877, The Mitchell Library has acquired a number of interesting and important collections, either by purchase or donation.  Subject strengths include Glasgow, Scottish Literature and early printed books.  Some highlights:
  • medieval manuscripts, including Books of Hours
  • incunabula (books printed before 1500)
  • 17th and 18th Century printed books and manuscripts
  • Robert Jeffrey Library
  • Robert Burns Collection
  • Scottish Poetry Collection
  • early Glasgow printing
  • chapbooks and broadsides
  • watercolours by William 'Crimea' Simpson
  • Private Press Books
  • late 20th Century literary manuscripts
Other notable collections cover Music, Architecture, Railways and Maps.
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