The collection described here contains 18 original George Washington Wilson printed sales catalogues dating from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. This includes catalogues of views in Scotland, England, Ireland, Gibraltar, South of Spain and Morocco, Italy, Australia, South Africa, some being landscape and general views, others architectural views of particular towns, cities or localities. Photographs in album, imperial, cabinet, stereoscopic and carte-de-viste sizes are all represented. There are, additionally, 2 George Washington Wilson postcards of Japan.
Two items relate to the sale of the company in 1908. These are a Catalogue of an important sale of the whole plant and stock-in-trade of G.W. Wilson and Co., landscape printers and publishers ... to be sold by auction at 2 St Swithin Street, Aberdeen, on ... 9th, 10th, 11th July 1908, and a photocopy of the sale register (days 1 - 3) of John Milne, Auctioneer. There is also a photocopy of a notice advertising the opening of the London branch of G.W. Wilson and Co., n.d.
The remainder of the collection contains papers relating to the administration, preservation and marketing of the George Washington Wilson photographic archive, since it was acquired by the University of Aberdeen in 1954. This includes specimens of prints published in various forms from the archive, including postcards and calendars, 1980s - 1990s; George Washington Wilson Royal Photographer 1823 - 1893: centenary conference information pack, (1993); By Royal Appointment: Aberdeen's Pioneer Photographer: George Washington Wilson, 1823 - 1893, papers from a conference organised by the University of Aberdeen to celebrate the life and work of Scotland's pioneer photographer (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Library Publishing, in association with the Centre for Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen, 1997); specimens of promotional material issued by the Library, 1990s; and articles and newspaper cuttings relating to the archive, 1980s - 1990s.