Inform, Inspire, Illuminate

Booking an appointment is advised as places are limited

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The Archive welcomes everyone and access to the records is free

If you need to research an essay, an article or book; if you are interested in the people of Tayside, the staff and students of the University; if you would like to explore aspects of the jute and textile industry, study events in Dundee or trace the evolution of the University, the Archive is the place to start.

You can research all kinds of topics - education, culture, environmental and business history, medicine and health. You can use the records as resources for art, drama and literature activities and for teaching in schools. Or you can explore your local and family history. Our collections are of interest to a wide range of users. 

Archive Services manages and maintains the University of Dundee's manuscripts and records collections.

Our main aims are to:

  • secure the long-term preservation of the University collections and selected external organisational and personal records
  • promote the use of the collections to support the core institutional aims of research, teaching and learning
  • support the current business of the University through the provision of information from the collections and preserve the University’s corporate memory
  • use the collections in marketing and to promote the University
  • engage with the local and wider community 

Download our full ‌Archive Services Mission and Collecting Policy July 2016

Archive Services was established in 1976 and is part of Culture & Information (with Museum Services and Information Governance) which sits in the Directorate of LLC and C&I. 

Archive Services contributes directly to the University’s Strategy and Transformative Vision


When using our services onsite or online, the information you have provided will be treated as confidential, and kept and used only for the purposes for which it has been collected.  These include administrative purposes and the monitoring and analysis of statistical data. Your information will be kept in hard copy and electronic formats, will not be passed to third parties, and will be processed in accordance with GDPR (2018) principles. See our GDPR (2018) Privacy Notice for more details.

Sir Patrick Geddes and others - Botany field study outing (University Records)
Collection of archival images including Rector Stephen Fry
Collage of subjects photographed by Peto,with self-portrait
Collage of textile images
Elderly ladies at the circus by Alex Coupar, nd
Images from the collections featuring females
Images from the collections featuring WW1 material
Selection of images from the Alex Coupar photographic collection