The collections cover a broad range of interests, and everyone is welcome to use them.

Most of the collections are listed in our online catalogue. The subject indexes also provide a quick and convenient way of finding material relating to a particular topic, such as shipping, women, medicine and the World Wars

The University Collections date from 1881 to the present day. They comprise records of the University of Dundee and its predecessor institutions, University College and Queen's College. They also include the records of merged institutions, including Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and the College of Education. 

The Manuscript Collections contain the records of businesses, societies and organisations, churches, families and individuals. They comprise administrative, legal and personal papers, ephemera, maps, plans, photographs, film and audio. Over 100 of the collections relate to the jute and linen industry in Dundee and West Bengal, India. 

Ecclesiastical collections include the Brechin Diocesan Library Manuscripts, the Glasite and Sandemanian Church and the Arbroath and Montrose Methodist Church

The NHS Tayside Archive contains the records of many hospitals and other medical institutions, including Dundee Royal Infirmary, Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum and Sunnyside Royal Asylum, Montrose. Other records include the Dundee General and Mental Hospitals Boards of Management. 

The Peto Collection contains over 120,000 images taken by the Hungarian photo-journalist Michael Peto (1908-1970). Major themes include pre and post-war Britain; the arts, especially the London ballet scene; Cambridge Prospect Theatre Productions, Eastern Europe, Israel and India.

Our photographic collections are of local and national significance, including the Turner-McKinlay Photographic Collection comprising over 15,000 images created by the University. Other major collections include the Torrance collection, which focuses on the Middle East and India, as well as Europe and the Americas, and the Alex Coupar and Dundee Rep collections

Maps and plans comprise over 10,000 items from the manuscript and University collections and offer visual insights into local and national development, into places, buildings, industry and transport.

We actively engage in the creation of oral history collections, such as the University of Dundee Oral History project and the Strathmartine Hospital History project

The Kinnear Local Collection contains a substantial number of local books and newspapers including many rare items. The Joan Auld Memorial Collection relates to British labour, social and shipping history. It was established in memory of the first university archivist. All books can be consulted on a reference-only basis in the Archives.

Collection of archival images including Rector Stephen Fry
Images from the collections featuring WW1 material
Images from the collections featuring females
Montage of subjects photographed by Michael Peto