Archives in private hands

Archives in private hands

National Register of Archives for Scotland – The NRAS maintain an online register of records held in in private hands.  The NRAS operate an enquiry service and can attempt to arrange access to these records on your behalf.

National Register of Archives – This is an online index for the UK of records held in both public and private hands.  Where available, links to full catalogues have also been included.

National bodies

National bodies

National Archives of Scotland – The NAS holds significant collections of business and estate records for Scotland and their searchable catalogue is available through their website.  Notably national collections such as those of the shipbuilding, coal and steel industries are held by the NAS, although some records, such as those the the Clyde shipyards, are held on the NAS's behalf by other repositories. 

National Library of Scotland – The NLS holds significant business collections in its manuscript department. In particular, it holds a number of archives of publishing companies as well as families and individuals connected with them. 

Scottish Screen Archive  - The Scottish Screen Archives is a national repository for the moving image in Scotland and forms part of the National Library of Scotland.  Its collections include ameteur and professional film of business and industry.  Their catalogue, including film clips, is available on their website.

University archives

University archives

Universities also hold large collections of business archives which are accessible to the public.  Consequently, a good means of locating information on these is through the Archives Hub website.

Glasgow University Archive Services is the largest repository of business archives in Scotland.  Their website is full of useful information regarding business records.  Their online catalogue is also available.

Local authority archives

Local authority archives

Scottish local authority archives hold a wealth of material related to businesses and industry in their local area. The diversity and nature of their collections reflect the richness of the local community’s industrial heritage and their historical strengths.

Collections include solicitors, estate and land agents, undertakers, architects, retailers and publicans records as well as industrial and manufacturing records.  These provide a rich source of information on the local economy and of the working lives of the population. 

The Scottish Archival Network (SCAN) site includes descriptions of many of the colelctions held by local authorities.

A list of all archive repositories in Scotland, including those of local authorities, can also be found on the Archives Online (ARCHON) site.

Subject specific sites

Subject specific sites

Capturing the Energy - A initiative looking to record the North Sea oil and gas industry.  The first fruits of the initiative has been a project, based at the University of Aberdeen, to document the Frigg field that straddles the Norwegian and UK sectors of the North Sea.

Scottish Textile Heritage Online - a website devoted to collections of records documenting Scotland rich textile history, including a searching database of collections of textile records and objects.
 

Private business archives

Private business archives

HBOS plc - The Halifax Bank of Scotland archive contains the records of Bank of Scotland since 1695 and its constituent banks, including the British Linen Bank (1746-1971), the Union Bank of Scotland (1830-1955) and the former Halifax Building Society.

Royal Bank of Scotland - The Royal Bank of Scotland Group holds an extensive archive of records relating to the activities of its constituent banks and their owners, staff and customers over three and a half centuries.

The following companies also have archive respositories based in Scotland: