University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections



Gateway to Archives of Scottish Higher Education

Images of the GASHE collection

Funded under the Research Collections in the Humanities and Social Sciences strand of the Research Support Libraries Programme of the Joint Higher Education Funding Councils of the UK, The Gateway to the Archives of Scottish Higher Education (GASHE) project provides an integrated gateway to Higher Education Institutions' (HEI) records, the primary resources for Scotland's educational, intellectual and cultural history. St Andrews was involved from 1999-2002.

The GASHE project partners were the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow (the lead institution), Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, Napier, St Andrews and Strathclyde, together with Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art. Together their HEI collections run to over 10 linear kilometres and encompass well over a million items.

This online resource describes a variety of educational, intellectual and cultural resources to recognised international standards. It allows seamless searching of archive and manuscript collections across the eleven higher educational institutions and enables subject and functional guided navigation as well as value-added biographical and institutional access points. Experience gained from the GASHE project has led to further study of function and activity descriptions which cut across traditional forms of archival description. This method preserves the fundamentally accepted archival principles while recognising that these principles are not necessarily the most appropriate for the academic researcher.

GASHE does not hold any records. The collections are held by the individual institutions that are part of the GASHE Project. Any interested parties wishing to research these collections must contact the appropriate institution to arrange a consultation. St Andrews contributed high level descriptions of muniments to this project.

For further information about GASHE, please access the GASHE website.

Manuscript or muniment?

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Collection development policy

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Current projects

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