Andrew Burn-Murdoch Photographic Collection

Scope and Content

Documentation, miscellaneous papers, photograph and prints 1912-1953; stereoscopic slides and coloured transparencies 1924-1954; artefacts; photograph albums and additional slides 1912-c.1937.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Burn-Murdoch was an Edinburgh solicitor whose hobby was photography, particularly the taking of stereoscopic slides. He pioneered stereoscopy with Lumire plates and was a member of L'Association de Lumire in 1911.


Records are arranged chronologically within series. The cataloguing of the photographic material was aided by the meticulous notes of Alexander Burn-Murdoch himself, whose notebooks record the day, exposure, location and the outcome of the photograph itself. A numbered sequence relates from these notebooks to the slides and this has been kept for simplifying the cataloguing process.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The records were donated by Dr Berry in 1989 (AccM/262).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, February 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list. Subject source lists and databases are also available.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Custodial History

After Burn-Murdoch's wife's death, a cousin, Dr J Berry, inherited the photographic collection.


None expected.

Additional Information

The material is original.