St Andrews University Library General Topographical Sequence

Scope and Content

The images relate to a huge variety of places and topographical views. The collection is particularly strong in coverage of Scotland and St Andrews. Each might be held in any of a variety of media including true photographs, prints, engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, sketches and drawings, slides and rolled panoramas.

Administrative / Biographical History

This sequence has been gathered together and forms a series of images of places, including much material on St Andrews itself.


The GTS is held in a self-indexing alphabetical sequence, arranged by country and then by place within the country.

Access Information

The photographic collections are currently the subject of a major digitisation project. It is the intention to have the entire archive captured in electronic form, and available (with sophisticated searching facilities) on line via the web. A full version of the software can be accessed in the Library and researchers are welcome to visit the library to use it but it is important that appointments are made in advance. Access to original photographic material may be restricted. It is planned to include the true photographic material within this collection in the digitisation project.

Acquisition Information

Transfer, gift and purchase.


Unlisted material including that removed from a framed sequence is still to be integrated into the collection.

Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

There are six binders of slip index, the entries in which are being expanded as re-boxing continues on the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies of images held in the photographic collection (with the exception of any photographs which are held either without copyright or under other restrictions imposed by the donor or photographer) can be ordered. Photographs thus provided for purely personal or research purposes are not subject to any fee beyond the photographic costs (for which a scale of charges is available). Prior written permission must be obtained before any further reproduction is undertaken of images supplied, for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Reproduction fees may be charged.

True photographic reprints of most images can be provided, or computer-generated prints of an increasing proportion of the collection at low, medium or high resolution. Given the fragility of the original material our preference is to provide computer prints where possible. We can also provide transparencies and a range of electronic formats.

Custodial History

Retained in the custody of the University of St Andrews.


Continuing by gift and purchase.

Related Material

GB 227 phGPS: General Portrait SequenceGB 227 phGPS: General Portrait SequenceGB 227 phGROUP: Group Sequence